Particularly when times are tough. Nobody knows this better than yours truly — not because I’m so funny but I’m damn grumpy when things don’t work as planned. And they usually don’t when you’re working from home. This anecdote from the 19th century reminded me that losing humour (or your cool) isn’t worth it…
Although himself un-pugnacious, Sainte-Beuve was once compelled to fight a duel with pistols. At the critical moment, just as the order to fire was about to be given, it started to rain. Sainte-Beuve called for a pause in the proceedings while he went to his carriage and fetched and opened a large umbrella. He then faced his opponent with the umbrella held in his left hand and the pistol in his right. The opponent protested at the derogation of the dignity of the occasion. “I don’t mind being killed,” Sainte-Beuve responded, “but I do mind getting wet.”Bartlett’s Book of Anecdotes, 2000
Yes, we’re stressed but thankfully, nobody’s pointing a gun to our heads. Lighten up!
P.S. If you didn’t get the joke… you’re hopeless! 😛