Tricksters ~ The Quest of Living ~ Post 15

“What do you bring to a knife fight?”
“A gun.”

A trickster wins by wits not brawn.
If you don’t have a cool cloak, it’s OK.

Eleanor Roosevelt, in her grandma guise of pearls and orchid corsage, is also a Trickster.

An official comments on Eleanor, “Never have I seen naivete and cunning so gracefully blended.”

Trickster tricks:
Cut down an oversized ego ~~~~~~~~ Point out hypocrisy ~~~~~~~~~~~ Win with cunning
Exploit a shortcut ~~~~~~~ Tug on a mask ~~~~~~~~~~ Provoke authority figures
Challenge the status quo ~~~~~~~ Unapologetic for tactics

Do we dare to use this bag of tricks for the good of our communities? Can we thumb our nose at superficial social mores designed to keep people in their place? Point out hypocrisy? Exploit a short cut?

For those of us raised with a strong work ethic and we must fight “fair and square” being a trickster feels like cheating.

Get over it.

There are times we need to be a Trickster.

Ann is an author and artist. She's lived and worked in Korea, England and Germany as a counselor, college instructor and director of a family support center. Her master’s degree from Boston University encompassed studies at the University of Cambridge. Ann’s Flash History Biography series has reached international shores and covers: Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Unleashed, Golda Meir ~ True Grit, and Marie Curie ~ A Nobel Life. Ann lives in northern California enjoying her life with her adult children. She is currently working on her next book "Making Life Meaningful".


  1. Ann Atkins

    Thanks for the comments back – for me, it is hard to break from the ‘work ethic’ of accomplishing a goal and instead use wits and a short cut. 🙂

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