Mailed You This Snake – April Fool!

Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at the right moment. Horace, Roman Poet

Did someone put salt in your sugar bowl this morning? Perhaps there will be a rubber snake in your bed tonight. Beware! Today is April Fools’ Day. 

This day has been celebrated for several centuries but the origins remain somewhat of a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People slow to get the news or those who failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January and still celebrated the last week of March through April first became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. Sounds like bulling to me. Anyway, the day can be fun for some and annoying to others. It’s only one day. As far as I can tell, nothing  interesting happens on April second—unless it is your birthday. 

Affirmation: I can be silly and kind. 

Coaching questions: Have you been the butt of a joke or hoax? How did you feel? How did you respond?


Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash


On Being Silly

If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-British philosopher

Sometimes it feels good to do something silly or at least appreciate someone else’s silliness. I took this photo several months ago in Goodland, Florida whose motto is, “We are a drinking village with a fishing problem.” They also have a Mullet Festival featuring the Buzzard Lope Queen. They love silliness.

Being silly isn’t particularly in my nature but I do appreciate a good laugh. I like Ludwig’s opinion that silliness leads to intelligent action. Silliness keeps our brain fresh, our creativity alive, our funny bone front and center. I’m looking for an opportunity to be silly. Any suggestions?

Affirmation: I can be silly.

Coaching questions: What’s something silly you’re done recently? How did it feel? What’s next?