May 20, 2024

Arlecchino’s Avarice

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A Clown’s Prayer


Lord as I stumble through this life,
Help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more happiness than gloom,
spread more cheer than despair.Never let me grow so big that
I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.

Never let me forget that I am a clown…
that my work is to cheer people up,
make them happy, and make them laugh,
make them forget, at least for a moment,
all the unpleasant things in their lives.

Never let me acquire financial success
to the point where I will discontinue
calling upon my Creator in the hour of plenty.

in my final moment,
may I hear YOU whisper:
“When you made MY PEOPLE smile,
you made ME smile.”

I embrace this… wholeheartedly.

I saw this on, of all places, a friend’s myspace profile.  I’ve known this guy since we were seven.  I told him recently that I somehow knew that we’d end up in the same place one day… living the hustle trying to fulfill the words of this prayer.

I know this is what I must do… and I’m unwavering in my resolve.  These days, I’m just trying to iron out the ‘how.’  What steps do I need to take?  How do I strike a balance between going at this full on, while still paying the bills?  Perhaps it’s an impossibility.  But I don’t wanna hear that mess.

Am I crazy to believe?

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