Fool for a Day
Play. Children know how to do this, and I do too. But sometimes, well, most of the time, I forget! Even though it once came naturally. Even though I have proof here, right here, in this old photograph of me in my party dress and knickers.
Sometimes, as adults, we think we need to be serious to be taken seriously. The logical mind is championed when we enter school and the intuitive, creative mind is sent to the bleachers!
No wonder we have learned that when there are problems or challenges, we should get rational. No wonder we slide into a 24/7 pretzel-twisting angst, going over and over things with our logical mind, which leads us to the jungle gym of monkey mind. It’s really quite easy to get our knickers in a twist, our panties in wad, or our ruffles in a kerfuffle. And not in a good way!
I recently got caught in the cyclone of an "angsting" binge until I remembered a particularly informative weekend I had a while back…
It was the week-end I had just cleaned my entire house wearing polka-dot PJ’s. Upside down inside my refrigerator, I scoured the shelves listening to "Tell Us a Tale" -- a former radio show for KIDS.
There I was removing dried, stuck pumpkin seeds from the fridge with half of them stuck to my PJ bottoms, while a story about a tea party with bears blared in the background.
The kids were singing, the bears were laughing, and I lost myself. In a good way.
I feel better when I become "the Fool" (see Tarot Deck), and turn upside down for a day, week, or month, or whatever it takes to see things from a new perspective. Maybe we need to take more time to make-believe till things comes true. Creativity, after all, demands it.
So, contrary to what the principal taught us, let’s tell tales. Make-believe or true. Let’s tell them in our fancy knickers in case we end up on the swing set of our youth, or upside down, outside on a jungle gym in joy.
How do you become The Fool? What happens when you do?