Over the years, I've been the fool and have been caught out many times on April 1st.
This year, a friend wanted me to go to a new restaurant and I agreed. On reading the menu through a second time, I realized that I had agreed to go to a restaurant that was actually just serving water. You can see the menu on the nearby image. To be clear, I was savvy enough to know that Google's video purporting to offer a new delivery method using parachutes was intended as a joke and not a serious business solution (at least for now).
I always take the opportunity to laugh at myself so I found it very funny. Then, in my usual reflective manner, I thought more broadly about April Fool's Day and how this international gem may be a symbol of the fact that we are fools all year around rather than just once a year.
Let me explain what I mean. Most of us work day in, day out without asking whether we should be doing that job, or if we do ask ourselves that important question, we do nothing about it when we realize that we shouldn't still be in that job for the list of reasons we carry in our heads every day (and probably share with co-workers, friends and family at any and every opportunity).
Most of us don't challenge our finances in any meaningful way. We may review them and may understand that we need to make changes to either our spending or our earning, but then we do nothing with that realization.
You, or someone you know, may not be having a good time in a relationship. But do you, or they, do something about it or just let it carry on indefinitely?
Perhaps your home isn't quite what you want it to be. You know that, but perhaps you haven't taken any meaningful steps to change your situation for the better.
Whatever it is that you know is wrong in your life - that is staring you in the face - it's time to recognize that you need to do something to improve it or you have to accept the fact that it will truly be the same forever, however bad it is. Change starts with a realization that something isn't what you want or need it to be, followed by a decision to commit to making your reality different.
While an April Fool's joke may be an opportunity to laugh at oneself and see things from a different angle, we may be missing the bigger picture here. I'm not saying that life is one huge April Fool's joke, I'm merely pointing out that we are all in a position to change something in our life (or, perhaps, many things) and if we choose not to do so, we might be the fool and the joke is on us.
Rob Whitfield is the CEO and Founder of One Brit, No Bull, a coaching and corporate training company based in Los Angeles and operating worldwide. Rob can be contacted here or on (+1) 518 9NO BULL.
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