“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” – Saadi
Some days when life is particularly challenging I search Monster.com for openings with the circus, but since scooping elephant poop is less attractive than pretty much anything, I rarely finish the cover letter. There is one circus art directly in my wheelhouse—plate spinning. However, it is the constant challenge of keeping plates spinning that makes me consider the circus in the first place.
Life has been particularly full recently, which is one way to describe a plate count. This isn’t the first time, nor do I anticipate it being (or even want it to be) the last, but it does feel different, and that difference eventually came clear: Not only are there many plates spinning, but various life developments have created plate spinning performances in multiple rooms for multiple audiences. It isn’t the plate spinning act that is challenging: It is the running back and forth between acts that is difficult.
You may not believe me when I say that this is neither complaint nor cry for help. But this is neither a complaint nor a cry for help. It really is okay, more than okay, and I find the challenge exhilarating despite some periodic exhaustion. I’m just adjusting to a new understanding that I am a plate spinning artist who is working on a new act and that people will pay good money for a ticket and some cotton candy to enjoy the show. I’m just honored to be on stage.
New circumstances often come with a bonus gift of questioning whether it is worth the effort. As a general rule, it is at least worth the effort to practice patience to see where the new circumstances lead.
I am certain there is no need to join the circus. My life is already a bizarre, traveling show!