For the breaking-the-seal edition of this newsletter, I wanted to explain the title "Fridays with the Foolish Sage." Know that I'm just "trying this on," so to speak, but it feels fun and fitting, so I'm rolling with it for now, since I also know I'm allowed to change my mind at any time! (Ooh, that's so liberating!)
The term "foolish sage" dropped in during a meeting with a dear friend on a completely unrelated subject and I immediately resonated with it! He encouraged me to OWN it and use it in some capacity, and a newsletter felt like a natural fit.
First of all, I live on Sage Hill Road, so there's that. Then, of course, there is the implication of the sage as a wise person which really lights me up. Not that I necessarily consider myself a sage in every day life, but I do often surprise myself with the depth of wisdom that escapes me when my heart is open and I simply allow the words to flow without going through the filter of my logical mind. (Easier said than done, right?!)
Secondly, I'm definitely a bit of a fool! Not in the idiot/dolt kind of way, but in the smiling, laughing, silly, and optimistic about everything kind of way. That I can totally own because that's ALL ME. :)
For anyone who knows me, you know I'm a HUGE fan of The Beatles and the song "Fool on the Hill" is one of my favorites (though, honestly, how can anyone choose favorites from such a broad, diverse catalog of incredible songs?!). This is another way I choose to perceive the fool...
In the song, Sir Paul McCartney so beautifully sings:
But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round
Even as a child, I knew that the "fool" in the story was not really a fool in the way we may think of it. He was considered a fool by others because he was simply BEING in a world where DOING is glamorized. He appeared foolish to the people who were rushing past going to work, or running from one appointment to another, because he was "keeping perfectly still" with a "foolish grin" on his face.
I hear that now and there is no mistaking that the fool on the hill is a wise, perhaps even enlightened, being completely misunderstood by others (and totally okay with that!). He is someone who has awakened from the matrix, opted out of the rat race, and tapped into what it truly means to be a human BEING.
I feel so deeply that I embody this version of the fool - or at least, I aim to - as well as the silly, happy version. So the Foolish Sage feels really fitting and fun to me. At least for now. I may change my mind and I'll always reserve my right to do so. ;)
That's all for now. Sending you all SO much love and gratitude for being YOU and for humoring me as I playfully embody the Foolish Sage! :)