A little more about the concept of Balcony People which I shared the other day…
I’ve discovered Five Guiding Principles of Balcony People
1. Balcony People are willing to take risks. Because when we reach outside of ourselves to help or encourage someone else, we take the chance of being rejected, laughed at, embarrassed, or even thought of as a little weird. “Old Man Saye, why do you keep telling me my yellow dress is just so very pretty?! Please back away me!”
2. BP realize that what you reap, you sow. Staying in balconies makes you happier and healthier. Crouching in dank basements is unhealthy.
3. BP give to give, not to get. Because giving away good to others is simply the right thing to do.
4. BP look for the good in others. They realize the truth of the statement that we usually find what we’re looking for.
5. BP express encouragement sincerely. They don’t flatter or lie. Okay, maybe except when I couldn’t think of anything good to say about one student’s essay, and all I could come up with was, “Cool font.”
Everytime I read or hear Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” I think of the daily, minute-to-minute choice of living life as a Balcony Person or a Basement Person. But let’s be honest, sometimes it feels pretty darn good to make an “un-balcony” comment or two. Such as I simply had to say to Lady Gaga at lunch today. “I know we’re best friends and all, LG, but that meat dress was just dumb looking. Everybody thought so.” She hurt my sensitive feelings by responding, “Yea, you think so, huh, NS? Well, let’s compare our W2 forms for 2011.” I marched out of Moe’s without saying goodbye or even a cursory glance back.
If it’s been a while, listen to “The Road Not Taken”: