Life is like a joke

Life is like a joke

Let me begin by telling you a joke.

A man goes to the vet and says “doctor, doctor my dog has no nose.”

“How does he smell?”


(Sorry about that but stick with me on this). 

Life is like a joke because:

  1. It attracts our attention

‘A man goes to the vet.’

We feel sympathy for the man, obviously something is wrong.

  1. It introduces us to new and surprising things:

“the dog has no nose.”

Just like the vet, we want to know more

“How does he smell?”

This is a perfectly good and rational question, just what we expect from a vet.

  1. It sends us in unexpected directions!


We expect the owner to say ‘he can’t’, or at least something like that.

It’s the unpredictable nature of the answer that makes us laugh, not the condition of the dog, (although we all know how bad a dog can smell) :-)!

I am not terribly good at telling jokes, I am even worse at remembering them. However, I do enjoy listening to them. Even though I am aware of the science, I am still able to open up the vulnerable part of my nature to appreciate the folly of mankind.

In these days with despots in power and living proof that our planet is doing what the scientists said it would (ie warming up), a sense of humour is required while trying to work out a sustainable solution. One has to start somewhere, and what better place than a joke on us?

If God exists, I think she must be laughing at us right now, or perhaps she is crying with laughter?

Have a good week


2018-08-07T12:42:43+00:000 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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