An old Turkish proverb says that “When a clown moves into a palace, he doesn’t become a sultan. The palace becomes a circus.” And it sheds light on many of the situations we are witnessing now.
It speaks to the idea that external circumstances and surroundings shape our behavior and actions. It’s also a reminder that no matter who we are, our environment can have a significant impact on our life.
The image of a clown moving into a palace is a striking one, as it’s a clear contrast between two very different worlds. On one hand, you have the palace, a symbol of wealth, power, and luxury. And on the other, you have the clown, who is often associated with humor and absurdity.
When these two worlds collide, the result is not what we might expect. Instead of the clown being elevated to the level of a sultan, the palace is transformed into a circus.
In many ways, this saying is a cautionary tale, reminding us to be mindful of the influence that our environment can have on our lives.
It’s a reminder to seek out positive and uplifting surroundings that will help us grow and commit to our health and wellbeing, rather than being pulled down by negative influences. It asks us to be mindful and trust ourselves. And become aware of the power we hold within ourselves.
It is up to us to become aware of environments and people that help us grow and thrive. Rather than environments and people that old us back or bring us down.