the Curse of being a clown
It's The little things
It’s the little things…
One thing I’ve learned over the years is the little things in life sometimes make a huge impact on it. This is true in life and your clown growth. A little wink from a little one or a nod of cap from one of the elderly can really make your day.
A Few Sundays ago the preacher at our church’s anniversary service told of a story that happen to him when he was very young. His father had passed away and he and his twin brother were feeling very sad. Along came one of men of the church, wrapped his arms around them, and told them “it will be ok”. He told us what a huge impact that had on his life. One of the men, not related to him, showed interest in their lives. He explained that Mr. Schober’s small act of kindness helped him shape his directing to go into ministry. That Mr. Schober was my grandfather. I never knew of the story nor did I really know my grandfather at all. He had a massive stoke when I was little and was bedridden until he passed. I always heard he was a stern man who kept everything in order but never that story of compassion.
One of my daughter’s works as a waitress and explained to all, on facebook, what a little one did to her during one of her shifts. The little girl was coloring a picture of Ariel of the Little Mermaid and she put my daughter’s name at the top and gave it to my daughter. It made her night! Just the simple jester from a little one made her night that much better.
I found a web site called “littlethings.com”. The web site post short stories of good will. There is even a facebook page for the “simple things in life”. On the page, you can find inspiring quotes that help you along your day. One of my favorite quotes is “the Happiest people in life don’t have the best of everything…they just make the best of everything they have.” Another one comes to mind: ‘do your little bit of good where you are..it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelms the world.” A simple jester of a look of acknowledgement, or as big as showing up to an event for someone else just for support, will make a huge difference in a person’s day
Randy Christensen is one of my favorite instructors because of his detailed movements of his clowning. One of the many things I’ve learned from him is that the littlest of movement can make a huge impact on your ability to communicate. A small gesture of the hand or a look with a wink makes a huge difference. It makes a difference on where you look, where you point, and where you step. Most times, the most attention given to the smallest of details makes a biggest difference in your clowning. Most clowns don’t get that concept. When you start playing more attention to the little things of movement, ie; where you are standing, what to say, how to react according to your character movement, you become that much better. Those small, musicale movements really makes a BIG difference.
We live in a fast pace world, “who’s on first society”, where the faster someone does something the better. There even a website called Instagram and SnapChat. We see it all the time with the press reporting and social media. The problem is most don’t stop long enough to notice the small things in life. I’ve had people come up to me and say you do so much for everyone. I don’t take any credit in that at all. I just try to do the small things. Can you imagine what this world would be like, if only we stop, and look. Look at the little things in life. Look for those small moments and enjoy. Always remember a quote from John Wesley;
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
― John Wesley
Bump a nose…Shobo
Celebrating " LINT"
1 Peter 5:6 ESV Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
During this season, let’s stop and reflect on lint. Lint is a good reminder to us. We put wet mangled clothes in the dryer, only to find them come out fluffy and dry. By looking in the lint catcher, it automatically tells you what color the clothes are in the dryer. Cleaning out the lint catcher is a very important process that need not be ignored. Doing the job of cleaning out the lint is not the most pleasant of jobs but is essential for the function of the dryer. Ignoring the cleaning could lead to the destruction of the machine and possible your home. Cleaning it out is not on the daily “Honey Do” list, it’s just something you do, even in our fast pass, get it done, as fast as possible, world we live in. We want the end result of dry, clean laundry but also need to remember the important process of doing the task at hand.
By this time, I bet you’re scratching your head to why I’m talking about lint and not lent. Lent is a lot like lint. Each year we go through the season in preparation for Easter. We tend to look forward to the end result. Not necessarily looking at the work that leads to the end. Just as lint shows you the true colors of the fabric, lent should show the true colors of who we are by our daily actions. Lent should be a true reflection of our repentance. To repent, we must humble ourselves. Pulling out the lint in a dryer is not the most pleasant of jobs, but we need to humble ourselves, to stoop down into the catcher to clean it out. Just like Lint, Lent can be actually be a nasty time. In a blog named “Everyday Theology” the author, Stefani wrote: Lent is not easy, it’s messy; it’s a season to wrestle with, it is a season to come to terms with the enormity of God and the grace that is constantly offered to us.
If we don’t deal with lent and not humble ourselves to not make any changes, then the lint will just stay there, may even find another area to land, and threaten the way God intended us to live.
Father God, Thank you for the simple reminder of lint. The simple task of cleaning out that lint is a good remember of what we should really be doing during this season of Lent. Repent and know you are our Lord. Amen
As Chaplain of MACA, I get to write for the "Big Top" newsletter..here are a few of the articles