The timid, middle-aged woman on the Oprah show was suppose to be getting a make-over. She wasn’t allowed to see what the make-up artist was doing as he transformed her face. When she finally was allowed to turn around and look in the mirror, her surprised expression looked horrified. The make-up guy had over-exaggerated all her features giving her a psycho-clown look. The audience cracked up.
I didn’t laugh. Instead, I felt a jolt of pity in my solar plexus. Eventually, the lady was given a real make-over. I was happy that she was able to be a good sport about it. But, I thought to myself, what other option did she really have?
I’ve never been a big fan of pranks, even on April Fools’ Day. Sure, most of us laugh when the joke is over, but what about those heart pounding moments before we realize it’s all trickery?
“Lighten up,”some may say, “It’s all good fun!”
They may be right. The spiritual path I follow, teaches me to look past all fear, and to try to spread love under all circumstance. This is what leads to a peaceful existence. Maybe a harmless prank is all good practice for looking past the jolt of fear and getting to the part where a hearty laugh ensues.
Then again, if I can remain calm in those moments when someone yells “spider!” while pointing to my hair, the joke may be on them. So, unless you’re an entertainment type who loves being made to look like a fool ~ I say, look past the prank and smile wide as you say, “ha, ha!”
So one day a buck invited me to play in the park. No foolin’! Now that’s my kinda joke!
Pen Augustin is author of Waves of Light and The Priestess Tale series. She is also founder of Lady of the Lake Holistic Health. Pen loves to give messages about how we can heal ourselves and bring balance to our beloved planet. Living near the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, she enjoys spending time in nature and communing with the local wildlife.