1655Stilt-walking and conquering fear
- Nov 3, 2003As part of our fundraising initiatives in the New Zealand Centres we
have a long-standing tradition called the "Hi-Fliers", a concept
invented by Subarata and Jogyata years ago that has been a very
successful means of supporting many of our projects. Basically we are
employed as children's entertainment - to do things like paint kidâs
faces and stilt walking for special events.
My stilt walking history starts a couple of years ago. I had a few
practices and was set to do a job up until the last minute when it got
cancelled due to rain (I was quite relieved!) Then I did a job in the
opening of a mall for a couple of hours. This went pretty well, and
the children were generally sweet.
The next job I did was at a kidâs holiday program. There were two
face-painters and me - the stilt walking clown. The first two or three
minutes are the worst; just getting balanced and accustomed to being a
metre or so higher than usual. As I meandered forward, a group of
about twenty unruly ten year olds ran up to me yelling things like
âhey you're on stilts, let me see themâ. I stumbled along trying to
keep my extra long polka dot trousers up as the kids tried to reveal
the stilts under them; to be a friendly clown; and to dodge the
out-of-control children. Unfortunately it all became too much and I
toppled (like a tree) luckily onto the grass. The shame!!!
Face-painter Kate came running over and rescued meâ¦â¦.needless to say
the next two hours of the job were extremely tedious.
This incident was a year ago and somehow I have managed to get out of
every job since. Yesterday I could not swindle my way out and I had to
do it. I worked myself up into a nervous stateâ¦butterflies and
everything. Anyway it all went fine, after the initial fear I even had
fun and it is a relief to conquer a fear that has been with me for all
âThe aspiring heart has a flame, a burning flame that mounts towards
the Highest. Where there is Light, there cannot be fearâ¦â¦â¦â
To read the rest of this talk on fear please visit:
http://www.srichinmoy.org and find the topic âfearâ in the library.