A Bit of Foolish Wisdom: April 1st – Commonly known as “April Fools Day“. The day when everyone in the country knows its acceptable to play a prank, to be silly, to joke around. It‘s a day of lightheartedness in general of fun and frippery.
Our Inner Fool
The opportunity to be foolish is one we rarely give ourselves permission to partake in. Our Inner Critics are not of a mind to allow us that much exposure – that much vulnerability with ourselves. And yet the transformation of that inner critic into our inner fool would be a welcome one. Historically the Royal Fools of monarchs were not only silly and amusing, but also full of a keen insight. Known to be unbiased and totally honest about whatever was going on – they were depended upon by royalty and were often the most trusted – known to have no ulterior motives or allegiances. What a lovely concept! An inner voice that is amusing, honest, unbiased and trusted. Compare this to the harsh, critical judgments of our inner critics and its easy to see that it‘s time to tap into that inner fool.
Today lets turn our inner Critics into Inner Fools. Let‘s view ourselves less harshly, laugh at our mistakes and honestly admit our “oops“ moments without holding ourselves in contempt for being human. Picture your Inner fool wearing a bright costume and jingle bells (mine is dressed in fuchsia and yellow, with glitter). View the past through the eye of humor and the wisdom of Lessons learned. Today let your inner fool laugh.
Our Outer Fool
The ability to be foolish – the willingness to do so – is an integral part of living a creative life – a life of authentic expression. Such a life requires that at times we walk against the flow of traffic, color outside the lines, dance off beat. Being willing to be foolish is to be open and free without fear or inhibition.
This is the key to living an Authentic Life.To living the life the reflects our Spirit.
If we would allow our Spirit space to breathe, if we would give our dreams wings, if we would exhale and be who we really ARE – we would dare to be vulnerable and foolish.
We live in a culture where we prize viewing things with a jaded eye, where being a cynic is worn as a badge of honor, where disbelief and hardening our of precious hearts and dreams are the norm.
When we decide we are ready to crack open, that we *MUST* live – it requires a sort of foolishness from us.
The birds in the eggs call the one pecking the inside of the shell foolish.
The caterpillars crawling on earth call the one spinning the cocoon foolish.
The rose buds call the unfurling petals foolish.
*Laugh out loud and fully
*Grab a pack of crayons and draw the first thing you think of-Hang it on your refrigerator
*Eat a piece of cotton candy
*Keep a jingle bell in your pocket as a reminder
*Draw on the sidewalk with chalk
*Catch raindrops with your tongue
*Sing the song that‘s in your head out loud and dance to it!
*Let your writing be transparent- leave the typos and missteps
*Finger-paint on canvas
And in the words from “Whole Earth“ catalog…. “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
In Laughter, Love, and Lustiness,