“Circus life under the big top world/We all need the clowns to make us smile.”
I just finished adding this excerpt from Journey’s song “Faithfully” to my “One Thought A Day” page, and as the page loaded its updated self, this thought immediately came to mind: maybe we should be the clowns.
I finally finished reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brené Brown for the second time, and what really stuck out for me this time is her section on “Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and ‘Always in Control’.” We have all tried to be cool at some point in our lives, whether at school, work, when we’re out with friends, the list goes on and on. And what is being ‘cool’ anyway? “[I]t’s about minimizing vulnerability in order to reduce the risk of being ridiculed or made fun of” (Brown, p. 121). It’s totally true. How many times have I stopped singing or dancing when someone else walks into a room because I was embarrassed? Too many times to count; I do it all the time. And I love doing both of those things.
But just think, if we all just gave into that clownish part of ourselves, the part of us that loves to be silly and laugh, well, then we’d all have a reason to smile. All the time!
Have a supercalafragalisticexpealidocious day! (Who cares about spelling anyway?)
Much love and peace,