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Motivational Meditation Monday: Keep Calm & Act A Fool

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keep-calm-and-april-foolsA wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. – Bruce Lee

Act A Fool Meditation

When I think of fool I think of two things: 1. Idiot and 2. Immature. What if I change the way I thought about the word and replace it with something a little more positive, like: 1. Open-minded and 2. Silly. It has a different ring to it now, doesn’t it? Just because I act like a fool sometimes doesn’t mean I am not smart and that I am immature, it means that I am willing to learn something new when I don’t have the answer and that I am willing to let my child come out and play.

In addiction many of us knew no happiness and our false egos would act and talk for us. We hated feeling stupid in front of others and admitting we were ever wrong about anything was unbearable for us. We felt this way because deep down inside, we thought those negative things about ourselves. We would pretend to be what we thought the people we were hanging out with wanted us to be, rarely were we ever ourselves. We lived our lives in fear and we were more scared of how we looked then how we felt inside. We became puppets and we would do anything to protect what reputation we had created for ourselves.

In recovery we saw that this attitude would not work, but we also saw that we were not alone in how we felt or even acted at times. As we became more aware we  began to embrace our inner fool in a healthy way. We learned that it’s OK to not have all the answers, it’s fine to humble ourselves and feel foolish sometimes, and it’s normal to have our feelings. It was OK to laugh out loud and act silly, letting our inner child play.This awareness and willingness to accept meant we were growing.  We didn’t have to hide who we were anymore, we weren’t scared of being foolish because people, places, and things no longer dominated us. Our thinking changed and we no longer thought people were laughing at us, but rather with us. This April Fool’s Day, allow yourself to laugh and be silly. Go ahead, act a fool, it’s pretty darn freeing.

Written By: Watershed Ashling

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