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All Hail the Fool!

April 1, 2010

It is April 1st, one of my favorite days of the year. I love a good April Fool’s prank. Instead of pranking you, I decided to be constructive in today’s post. The Fool as an archetype has a rich history. Shakespeare used the Fool to speak the most profound truth. While the Fool or Jester is usually the entertainer, they are often the trusted voice of truth and the only one brave enough or stupid enough to utter the truth in front of the King. “His lack of status, standing or ego attachment gives him a uniquely wise voice. The Fool reminds us to: enjoy the trip rather than fixate on the destination; travel light, with a light heart; take time to smell the roses; follow our bliss rather than worry about what others think of us. In the act of falling, for he is surely about to do just that, the Fool reminds us to let go!”¹

What can we learn from the fool?

  1. Be brave enough to speak the truth regardless of the audience.
  2. Check your ego at the door.
  3. Enjoy the journey. Pack light.
  4. Do not be afraid to fall. Pick yourself up when you do.


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