* Be Foolish

I used to have mixed feelings about being serious. A part of me thought I should be more like the earnest people around me. That I should try harder… should apply myself… should focus more… should set serious goals…

I was “shoulding” all over myself.

… And in doing so I was not accepting the ways things are and the way I am.

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“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” Eckhart Tolle

I can be serious, but for the most part I want to see things from many different perspectives, and especially from the funny side of life.

After years of experience, I now realize …

The more foolish we allow ourselves to look, the more enlightened we can become.

We let go of caring about how others think of us. We let go of the constraints of our ego. We become more authentic and real.

It isn’t easy at first to be that vulnerable and silly!

However, one way of approaching this, is to make it a part of your practice. Choose your own daily commitment/s from the list below and feel free to add a few more that tickle your fancy!

* Today I will laugh a lot.

* Today I will look for the humor/humour in things.

* Today I will goof around.

* Today I will not take life so seriously.

* Today I will have fun letting go.

* Today I will play with the dogs/cats/kids like a dog/cat/kid.

What will you bring to your daily practice of foolishness on the road to enlightenment?

40 responses to “* Be Foolish

  1. Thanks Val, I needed this reminder today. I too have been guilty of ‘shoulding’ and lately been slipping away from my authentic self. It’s time to be proud of who I am and not worried about who I should be. Love Jenna

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    • Thank you Jenna. So glad it was a timely reminder for you. With everything that pulls us away from our authenticity, we all can do with some loving reminders to bring us back to our true selves. ❀️

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  2. A day without laughter is a day wasted!

    We do not laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh. ~ William James

    Wine improves with age
    Age improves with wine
    Life improves with laughter

    Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~ Victor Hugo

    Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and people call you a cry baby behind your back.

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  3. This reminds me of an Oscar Wilde quote I used to have on my wall, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.” I am fortunate to have a husband who makes me laugh when I start going down the “serious” path.

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  4. Haha, I made a Happy Box with that quote on it and blogged it earlier this year. I will dig up the link for you! I feel this one….My vote is more fun, woot woot. Yet I somehow find myself being more serious. A great reminder to laugh and take a more playful approach!

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  5. Love it! I spent time shoulding myself to death, too – trying to be a serious person… but it’s really not who I am, and when I stopped fighting it, my life totally changed! Today I will laugh with you, today I will find humor in situations and embrace the lighter side of life! πŸ™‚

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