Picture 349“We’re all bozos on this bus,” said the Firesign Theater in the 1970’s. I first heard it sometime in the past ten years from someone who was learning to work with her judgments, both of herself and others.

We both took it in the most loving way–that we’re all in this (life) together. We all bumble, look and act ridiculous sometimes, can be very amusing, and are ultimately well-meaning. Pretty much every silly thing I see others doing, I’ve done myself (and vice versa, I think).Picture 348

When we can accept this truth, our suffering diminishes. Our sense of righteousness and separation dissolves when we let go of seeing ourselves as superior or inferior to others.  Compassion can grow.

Seeing ourselves and others this way can also help us to be more playful and creative. Since I know I’m one of billions of bozos, I can let loose and be a little goofier than if I am judging and fearing judgment.

Picture 347Let’s go play!

Photos: an abandoned circus truck in Sravasti, India, 2007

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10 Responses to Bozos

  1. Constance says:

    What a fun way to remind myself not to judge. Wonder if the Fireside Theater would be as funny today? I see their stuff in used vinyl stores. Thanks, Kathy.

  2. Patty Charles says:

    Dear Kathy:
    When I was about six my friend Joanie had an inflatable Bozo that we used to play with in her backyard. I stabbed it with a sharp stick! I still remember sitting on Joanie’s moms lap and crying while she soothingly asked me why I stabbed bozo; at the same time my little friends lined up and gave me flowers, I guess to let me know it was going to be OK.

  3. Trish says:

    What great photos! Of course I am drawn to the circus truck for the graphics, and I wish it was parked in my driveway…but the message is perfect, also. I’m going to shake off my armadillo-porcupine-ness and get a little Bozo.

  4. I love it when a story I want to tell has a matching photos. I’m amazed at how much this is happening. I wasn’t sure until I checked it that there were in fact clowns on the truck.

  5. Frances Ross says:

    Love the colorful photo and fun story! It is fun to be silly, or do something that you can really laugh at yourself. Today, I was in my parked car with my phone and realized I accidently had my husband’s phone in my purse. I didn’t want him to be phoneless while I wasn’t home so I decided to call him to tell him I had his phone. I found I was really surprised when another phone started to ring while I was on my phone in the car. I laughed and laughed in my car after I realized what I did, I’m still laughing now!

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