I was reading Ali Polin’s post this morning Isn’t it Time You Dare Yourself to Up Your Game? and she had a link to a post from early this month on self imposed barriers which got me thinking about what barriers am I throwing up to stop myself from stepping over the safety fence into the ‘little bit crazy” zone.
For me being audacious looks easy but one man’s outrageous is another’s normal and when I am out in left field outside your pasture of comfort there is still a fence penning my ideas, actions and behaviours. Just because I look weird to you doesn’t mean I am operating outside my status quo. This is also a good reminder when I observe others whose barricade is way outside or inside mine. Pushing boundaries is personal. We may need to be prodded and encouraged by others to stretch over or straddle the fence but being there is a personal decision.
Take a look at Ali’s 50 things where permission is granted and see if any are over the net and give them a try. If you are comfortable with all or most of them, write your own list of 10 and begin trying a few of them a week.
Foolishness is where we encounter as yet unimagined solutions so the journey there is worth the effort. Take some time today to figure out where your impracticality line is and then step over into the unknown territory.
“Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom.” –Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author
Choosing to be foolish is a difficult task. Allowing the fear of embarrassment to confront you and then push it away can be daunting. Yesterday was one serious conversation after another and it wasn’t until I was Skyping with my grandkids that I felt ‘safe’ to be foolish. We made faces and told silly stories and we all smiled (a lot).
“The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.” –Peter Ustinov, English actor and writer
Some of the tension around the potential discomfit is the perceived response from others. Will they shake their head and roll their eyes? Will they snort in derision? Will they laugh at you or with you? Why should I care? I am an optimist who believes in the capability of all people. I have been disappointed and surprised when my optimism is unwarranted or exceeded. When I have had the courage to intentionally inject silliness into my day, I feel joy and I see relief and happiness on the faces of those around me. I am not silly all the time ( likely not often enough) but when I am I choose to be optimistic about the impact.
“Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational–but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?” –Judith Viorst, American author and journalist
I will pay the small cost of knocking on wood, telling a joke, dancing in the street because the return on that investment might be the best one I am making.
With a Silly Grin and a Weird Tune in My Heart,
With NCAA basketball playoffs, Super Tuesday, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Time change, and spring break this month we will all feel a bit of the madness (both invigorating and deflating). I am going to break away from the coaching/teaching/ranting mode, on this site, and try have some fun this month.
I have a whole month ahead of me, 31 days; 744 hours; 44640 minutes so anything is possible. For those needing lists – my friend Ali Polin has started the month with a different challenge.
Madness is defined as; the state of being mentally ill, especially severely. extremely foolish behaviour. a state of frenzied or chaotic activity. While I have exhibited all of the definitions I am going to shy away from illness and focus on foolish and frenzied.
Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
~Alfred North Whitehead
The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
Without space for foolishness,it seems, greatness and innovation don’t have a chance. Whitehead and Osler aren’t saying that all foolish behaviour leads to remarkable outcomes but it seems there needs to be enough to seed some new opportunities.
I’m going to take some time today to think about some of my foolish behaviour and give myself some space to be foolish every day this month.
Tomorrow – I will report in on how I let a bit of zany into March 1.
Make Today a Tiny Bit Foolish,