Clowning Around & Catching Up
I haven’t posted about my journey through the “Catalysts for Change” e-course lately, but I’ve been too busy walking to do much talking about walking…and that’s a good thing, is it not?
Well, let me catch you up. I got left behind for a few days because I had:
- (Thursday) spent a day playing with my new skin care products and getting my hair highlighted, and
- (Friday & Saturday) was given an assignment from our local newspaper, The Chronicle, and that took one day to be scared to death and one day to conduct interviews, be scared to death, write the story, be scared to death, send it in to the editor, be scared to death, and
- (Sunday) had four, yup, count ’em, FOUR kids in the nursery at church on Sunday, loved it (yes, really!), but I was exhausted by the experience, and
- (Monday) started a weight lifting program (for the third time, so I know how this goes!) and did such a great job on the first day destroying my quads that I am seriously considering installing a pair of handrails on either side of my toilet.
Once I sat down in my chair Monday evening, I had a hard time getting back up, so I went to Day 7 of the e-course and was able to fly through to Day 11 in no time at all. Why? Because these are things I have been working on for a LONG time already. I’ll go through them quickly:
- DAY 7: Be Patient. Part of the patience practice was to wait in long lines. This is something I excel at. Seriously. So, on to the next…
- DAY 8: Don’t Make Comparisons. No, I’m not really the type to compare myself to The Jones’, so really nothing to worry about there.
- DAY 9: Appreciate Yourself. I enjoyed the visualization practice of seeing yourself through the eyes of another. Very instructive.
- DAY 10: Find Support. Holy cow! Do I ever have THIS down! O how I love, love, LOVE my dear, supportive family and friends!
- DAY 11: Watch Out for Perfectionism. I have to laugh, I actually have a quote about perfectionism written on my bathroom wall and I call myself a “recovering perfectionist.” No real discoveries here.
Now we are up to DAY 12: Take a bow. And not just any bow, a circus clown bow.
“Matt Smith, a wonderful Seattle improv teacher and solo performer, taught me a liberating game that can be used as a response to a personal screw-up. He calls it “the Circus Bow.” Matt claims this is how circus clowns deal with a slip in their routines. Instead of shrinking and berating himself silently with “Oh, no, I really blew it!” the clown turns to the crowd on one side and takes a magnificent bow with his hands extended and his arms high in the air, proclaiming “Ta-dah!” as if he had just pulled off a master stunt. He then turns to face the other side of the audience and repeats the bow, “Ta-dah!” Doing it in both directions allows him a 360-degree view of where he is.” —Patricia Ryan Madson in Improv Wisdom
Bwah-hahaha! I ADORE this one! I can’t wait to use it!