Life Is A Circus.
Life is a circus and we are the acrobats. But we do not make just one single act. You do not just balance on the tightrope. We must keep the juggling balls (or the pins) in the air, “fly” in the air from one swing to another and trust that the other acrobat will not let us fall, and keep our balance, while others rely on us to keep them from falling. That’s what we are asked to do. Think about it!
Balance on the tightrope = Balance between our "wants" and our "musts".
Juggling pins = Juggling different responsibilities.
Acrobats from swing to swing = Balance and respect with our environment.
- One acrobat is our natural environment. The mountains, the forests, the rivers, the seas and everything else. On an individual level, you have to respect nature, as the slightest carelessness towards it can be fatal. Many people have been injured or lost in their carelessness at sea, the mountain, etc. On a team level, we must respect nature because its gradual destruction leads to our own gradual destruction. A simple and common unfortunate example in Greece is the burnt forests and paved rivers that lead to floods.
- The other acrobat is the society we live in. I do not mean to follow anything that someone tells you just because he tells you to. Question everything. But respect everyone as well. We still drive while we are drunk, but someone drunk can hit you or someone you love. We still smoke indoors or support such behavior without realizing that we are allowing or even reinforcing a form of harassment. We still don’t care of another’s misfortune, as many people were delighted with redundancies at the beginning of the economic crisis believing that those who were fired “they deserved it”, without seeing that the next ones who will be fired are themselves. It is very easy to look at ourselves and not really care about the problems of the people next to us, but we are fooling ourselves if we think the problems will not come to us too. If we do not stop the fire at the house of our neighbor, then the fire will pass to our home.
Human tower = Balance with our thoughts and values.
What is the act of our lives?
There has not yet been a show in a circus where the acrobat’s act consists of all of the above acts simultaneously. In the circus that we call “life” there is! Each one of us is asked every day to find a balance between his “wants” and “musts”, his responsibilities, the environment in which he lives in and, above all, in himself.
And what if we lose our balance?
How can we protect ourselves?
Fortunately, there is usually a net protecting the acrobat from falling to the ground. Without it, no acrobat would try anything. It would be very dangerous. So, you too, in order to make your amazing performance, you have to knit your protective net . That is the people that surround you. They . Relations with your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors. All those people who, when you are with your back facing the ground, will stand by you, will be there to hold you, to give you a helping hand, to support you get your thoughts together so you can resume act. Do not forget them and do not take them for granted. Moreover, separate those who really deserve it from those who “seem” right, but when you need them they will turn their back on you. You have made a lot of effort on your acrobatics to worry whether the net will hold you when you fall or will be torn and drop you on the ground!