Today let’s talk about being the clown.
Have you ever joked around a lot and been the life of the party?
Has it ever felt like a mask? As the song says, “People say I’m the life of the party, ‘cause I tell a joke or two. Although I may be laughing loud and hearty, deep inside I’m blue. But take a good look at my face, you’ll see my smile looks out of place, If you look closer it’s easy to trace, the tracks of my tears.” Maybe that’s why, when I was laughing so hard, a good friend once asked me if I was OK. He saw through the clown. From then on, when I laughed, I would check to see if I was really happy, or if I was hiding. As I did that, I could be more real with what I was feeling, and it was a great freedom!
Have you ever been the clown in social situations?
“Sad clown” by Mel B. @ flickr.com Creative commons – Some rights reserved
Dan L. Hays offers encouragement for adult children of alcoholics.
The podcasts of these episodes can be found at: Minute to Freedom