Last night, on television, I watched one of my favourite Australian Comedians, Adam Hills, perform a show called “Inflatable boy”.
Adam is funny and in true Australian form, very down to earth. He had my daughter and me in stitches of laughter. As part of his show he tells the following joke:
“There was an inflatable boy who went to an inflatable school where all the students were inflatable, all the teachers were inflatable, and all the buildings were inflatable. One day he gets into trouble for bringing a pin to school and the headmaster says `You’ve let me down, you’ve let yourself down, you’ve let the whole school down”
Okay I know what you’re thinking…..that’s cute but it is not the funniest joke ever. Well no, but it is the next part of Adam’s story that brought tears to my eyes and a massive lump to my throat………. He went on to describe what life lesson he would give to his daughter, (when she is older), if she were to ask him what advice to pass onto her classmates in a speech. Adam’s advice was:
“Alright, tell them this. There’s an inflatable boy. Goes to an inflatable school where all the students are inflatable, all the teachers are inflatable. And then one day he thinks, “You know what? Maybe everyone’s inflatable. Maybe every single person on the planet’s inflatable or deflatable. And you can inflate or deflate everyone you come into contact with. And you know you’ve inflated someone, because afterwards they go like this [stands up tall, proud and strong] and you know you’ve deflated them, because afterwards they go like this [curls down into himself, looking sad and dejected] and if you can inflate as many people as you can, you’ve probably had a good life. How’s that sound?”
This story went off like a massive light bulb in my head and touched my heart.
I think it sounds awesome! What a fantastic life lesson and what a way to live.
Are you an inflator or a deflator? How about making a conscious effort from now on to be an inflator? How about being mindful of every interaction with those you come into contact with and how about making it a positive and inflating experience? You cannot help but be happier when you are having an encouraging impact on those around you. What a wonderful way of looking at how we relate with others. I know that this will certainly change the way that I communicate….what about you???
Let me know your thoughts?