Choices February 2002
an e-newsletter for deliberately living people

February 2002

Volume III, Issue 2


The Trickster
Action Guide

The Trickster

"The highest form of humor is to laugh at what you hold sacred and still hold it sacred."  -  Abraham Maslow

"You laugh not because it's funny, but because it is true."  - Bill Cosby

In this month's newsletter we meet the trickster.  The trickster, a minor but relevant character archetype, lends comic relief to the adventure and gives the hero (and the audience) the chance to laugh at our humanity.  The trickster reminds us that we sometimes take life and ourselves too seriously.  The trickster can be the side-kick with a satirical view of the world, the best girlfriend who can laugh at romantic foibles, or even a trickster shadow who will not take the Hero seriously.   Sometimes, the character manifests as a Trickster Hero who remains unchanged as he devilishly affects the society around him (i.e. Buggs Bunny or Axel Foley).

Our own trickster element often shows up when we are in a good or devilish mood with our loved ones, or when everything seems so serious and awful in our lives that we suddenly see the ridiculousness of our situations.  If you think back over your life, I bet you can remember a time when a moment of  incredible embarrassment and humor was born out of an over abundance of self concern, fear, or neverousness over "getting it right."  I am reminded of a lunch date I had a couple of years ago.  I was so concerned about paying attention to my date's conversation and my attractiveness that my drinking straw ended up my nose, rather than my mouth, when I went to take a sip of soda.  The potentially mortifying situation ended up in a good guffaw from the both of us and increased the intimacy of our relationship.   There is no doubt about it, laughter heals us.

Action Guide

  • How often do you laugh?
  • How do you play?
  • What do you take to seriously?
  • What novel thing could you do to lighten up?


Loretta LaRoche - humor and health specialist

Comedy Sportz - Improvisational Comedy Shows.  Fun for the whole family.  

Gesundheit! Institute - "Bringing fun, friendship, and the joy of service back to health care."

Take a look at my resource page for a list of self development books and web sites to map out your next adventure.

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