Let your sillies out | 52 Acts of Grace | Week 7

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In a world filled with opportunities to be serious, morose, sad, to feel like it’s all one big mess, or that there’s nothing we can do to end war, poverty, child abuse, starvation, environmental disaster, and a host of other serious ills-of-the-world, it’s easy to forget the lighter side of living.

Let your sillies out. Be light-hearted. Joyful. Light-of-spirit and light-of-foot. Dance when you might have walked. Spin about for no reason. Skip down the street.

No matter how silly you feel, how weird or awkward, being light-of-spirit lifts spirits, yours and others — and in the process, lifts the energy of the world.

We are all energy. And when we walk with our shoulders drooping, heads looking down, eyes to the ground, the world feels like it is resting on our shoulders. And we grow weary.

Shake it off. Shake it up.

It’s just another way to share an act of service with the world. Share it!

I know. I know.

You’re shaking your head right now saying, “Now that’s a silly idea.” “I might get arrested.” “I’ll look stupid.” “People will think I’m weird.”

So what? Do it anyway. Get out of your comfort zone.

Think about it. Don’t you love to see children spinning about, rolling down grassy hillsides, laughing gleefully in the park? Doesn’t it lift your heart and make you smile?

Why do we think that as adults we can’t be childlike in our appreciation of the world around us? When did the troubles of the world become so heavy we stopped laughing for the sheer joy of laughing? Dancing for the sheer exhilaration of feeling our bodies move in time, or at least to our own time, to the music? When did we quit having fun?

Let your sillies out. Let your spirit feel light and free.

The world needs your special kind of silly. The world needs your lightness of being joyful.

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