We all deal with a lot of stress. We all have lots of stuff to do. That stuff is very different for all of us, but it’s definitely there. As a college student, I’m involved in different clubs, organizations, and, oh yeah, sometimes I have to do this thing called “homework”. Handling all of this while maintaining some sort of social life is kinda tough sometimes. In a word, it’s overwhelming. If you’re a college student, I’m sure that you can relate. Maybe you’re don’t attend a university. Maybe you have a job, maybe you’re a stay at home Mom, maybe you have a lot going on personal your personal life. No matter what your situation is, keeping your head above water is always gonna be hard.
So what’s with the picture of some guy juggling three yellow balls? (and yes, I’m gonna use the word “balls” a few times throughout this post, so get your chuckles out of the way now) Who’s he and what’s he have to do with anything?
That my friends, is the wonderful Saint Francis of Assisi. If you don’t know much about Francis, he was actually a pretty chill dude. I’m not gonna delve into his life story, but if you get the chance you should read about him sometime.
I’ll tell you a little bit about this picture, though. The words at the bottom, “Le Jongleur de Dieu”, translate to, “The Juggler of God”. The three balls could represent faith, hope, and charity, but that’s anybody’s guess. Whatever they mean, one thing is for certain; they are extremely important. Francis is working really damn hard to keep the balls in the air, never letting his concentration be broken by anything that’s going on around him. Successfully juggling requires Francis’ complete attention and dedication.
You can probably see the connection that I’m trying to make here. Like Francis, we all have stuff that we have to juggle around. Stuff that, if we drop, is gonna shatter into a bazillion pieces like a plate. Or a glass…a mug perhaps. It’s bad if we drop one of the balls that. It’s very bad and, if it happens, everything else that we’re trying to juggle is thrown into chaos. So, for your sake, I hope you’re a good juggler.
Life can be a lot to handle. Sometimes it seems like all the cards are stacked against you and there’s nothing you can do to successfully juggle everything. Honestly, instead of just three balls, sometimes I feel like I have to juggle an entire ball pit. You know, like the ones you used to play in as a kid and now you look back on and think about all nasty stuff, doody included, that was in that ball pit? Sometimes I feel like I have to keep that many balls in the air at once, and letting one fall means letting them all fall. Letting one fall means that I fail.
Is that a lot of pressure? Yeah, absolutely. But do we have a choice of whether or not to take on that pressure? No, we really don’t. So, we juggle.
If you have a ton going on in your life, you should remember this image of Saint Francis. He’s giving all of his concentration, all of his dedication, all of himself into keeping those balls in the air. In order to do the same, you need to give all of your concentration, all of your dedication, all of yourself. All you have to do is put your mind to it. I know, that sounds cheesy, like a pep talk from a tee-ball coach, but it’s true. You just have to apply your big ol’ brain.
Now, I’m not a religious nut. I just happen to like this image of Saint Francis. I look at it every day to remind myself of what I have to do to handle to stress of my life. I look at it to remind myself that I, like Francis, need to be a juggler.I need to be a juggler of life
We all need to be jugglers of life. We all have to handle multiple things at once. We all need to know how to endure the overwhelming force that is life.
I know, it’s not easy. But if you ever get down, if you ever feel like it’s all too much, just glance at this picture of Saint Francis. Not only is it just plain old cool, but it’ll give you that kick in the arse that you need. It’ll show you what you need to do to handle life and all the crap that comes with it.
So go. Learn how to juggle. Learn how to keep everything up in the air.Learn how to deal with life