It happens so often that we see people who go too far
in one direction or the other here. I know many
people who feel that life is work and discipline and
seriousness and who never have a bit of fun. I know
other people who think that fun and foolishness are all
there is, and who really aren't able to contribute in a
positive way to this world of ours. But what May is
saying rings true--we have to be conscious of the lives
that we're forging, and balance our discipline and hard
work with plenty of play and silliness so that we don't
end up taking ourselves too seriously.
If we don't do this, then our lives simply can't be
creative efforts. We simply cannot live each day
fully if we never balance out what we do, for we'll get so
caught up in one side or the other that what we're trying
to create will obviously end up warped.
Today I need to get my work done, and I need to take it
seriously enough so that my students actually learn
something in my classes. But if I make it too
serious, I'm not going to have my mind open to other ideas
and opinions and thoughts, and I'm going to be so focused
on the results of my efforts that the journey to the end
is going to be harsh and difficult and
unimaginative. In order to avoid this, I have to be
sure to be open to moments of levity and
enjoyment--sometimes when the class clown speaks up, it's
better to play along with him or her than to try to keep
that person quiet.
"A conscious creation." What an amazing
responsibility that is! And what an incredible
opportunity! My today shall be what I make it, and I
hope that I can keep it in a very healthy balance.