April heralds many things including the practical joke. The legend of April Fool’s origination might be considered back in 1392 in the Canterbury tales by Chaucer. He quotes a date of March “thritty two”, which would translate to March 32nd or our April 1st. Or it might come from the new Gregorian calendar initiated by the Pope in 1582, where many ignored the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year’s on April 1st instead of January 1st as we do currently.
There are many ideas as to how we began this tradition of pulling a fast one in the name of fun and some of them have been quite amusing, the left handed whopper being a favorite or when Big Ben went digital. Behind it all is a little sport and fun and when the jokes are harmless, the fun is found more heartedly.
April is National Humor Month and so fitting when we have our US Tax day situated squarely at mid month… beware the Ides of April!
Let this be the month you pull a fast one on yourself, shift your walk to embrace something new, fun or just different than normal. Walk backwards to see where you’ve been, dance periodically down a path or two or start at a different point than the beginning. Let this be a month of getting out of routine.
Frequent a little fun and put some frolic in your step or add a little whimsy or light heartedness to your design if you are a creator. Enjoy 30 days of new creation in whatever way you walk, skip or sashay on your path in a metaphor of mirth. This month, of the 12 words of the year focus, regards reflection… see your reflection in the walk and if it has become a little too serious, let this month represent a little of your light hearted nature.
Skip… and see where it takes you.