Without Borders

Apr 27, 2011 by

Without Borders

I had to stop her in mid-sentence.

“What did you just say?” I asked, with the hint of a chuckle in my voice.

“Clowns Without Borders! You know, like Doctors Without Borders!” my treasured friend Anastasia responded smiling, her bright, open, straight forward gaze, always letting me know any and every question is a welcomed one.

“I’ve never heard of Clowns Without Borders. I mean I can imagine, from the name, what they do, but what a fascinating concept!”

I found this idea immediately captivating. Mind you, I am not a person for whom the application of pure white greasepaint make-up, a funny wig and a bright red nose satisfies a deep internal yearning. But, it does for some. And, I love that it does.

World Wide OpenSome of the joys of friendship are the offerings of new wisdom our friends bring us, often when we least expect it. Such was that night.

You see sitting with this newly popped, still warm, kernel Anastasia Coon had offered me my mind began a whir that continued for months following.

So, I went on a hunt. Okay, we’ve all heard of “Doctors without Borders”. Now I’d found “Clowns without Borders”. Therefore, I figured there had to be more. I wanted to know what they were. I was on it!

And more there were! Many more!

Teachers Without Borders
Farmers Without Borders
Lawyers Without Borders
Architects Without Borders
Monks Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders
Pharmacists Without Borders
Astronomers Without Borders
MBAs Without Borders
Chemists Without Borders
Sociologists Without Borders
Vets Without Borders
Geeks Without Borders
Bankers Without Borders
Magicians Without Borders
Cars Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders
Music Without Borders
Translators Without Borders
Firefighters Without Borders
Bikers Without Borders
Scientists Without Borders
Librarians Without Borders
Libraries Without Borders
Braille Without Borders
Water Without Borders

Now, I could just keep going on and on, but I think you can see the existing possibilities are huge. So too, are the possibilities for what can be.

What I mean by this is, people often come to me with very profound personal questions.

What is my purpose?
Why am I here?
What should I do with my life?

What they are really asking me to do is to help them define their path.
I relish the exploration I share with my clients as I guide them on their journey, for the epiphanic nature of self-exploration is revealing, view changing and life enhancing.

This is what is so enthralling about what crystallized out of my jovial conversation with Anastasia that night.

Looking at that list we can all recognize that whatever we know how to do or love to do can become our starting place, our jumping off spot to give to others, to commit to our life, to define our purpose. Whatever knowledge, skill, talent, joy, hobby or education we possess people need our help whether it is in our own community or on the other side of the planet.

And, honestly, in my way, as I tend to dream into the future, perhaps, one day, we can all proudly call ourselves members of “Peacekeepers Without Borders”.


  1. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    Yesterday was Shabbados for me

  2. David Traub via Facebook

    It’s shabbas.

  3. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    For some reason, my spell check seems to be not working

  4. It is so my pleasure Rabbi, (smiling with love and joy….) oxo!!!

  5. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    Brokke, THANK YOU for letting us REMEMBER and get a laugh (and a tear) of REMEMBERENCE.

  6. David Traub via Facebook

    I know a lot of Bozo’s!

  7. Sweet Cage, it isn’t just an American phobia. “Coulrophobia”, (yes, it has a name) is recognized and studied in other cultures. Here is quick down and dirty rundown for ya’: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulrophobia

  8. Cage LaCapitan via Facebook

    I loved Pippi Longstockins as a girl! her sense of adventure and imgaination inspired me as a child and still does.

  9. Cage LaCapitan via Facebook

    wasn’ euphaism. He puts on dinner cabarets. European 7 even Canadain clowning arts are very different from what we see in the U.S.A. I’ve seen crowds of people at his dinner theaters of all ages, races, class levels, etc. be enthralled adn awed at the performances of the clowns. I think this concept would work. Laughter and joy are just as essential for a person’s well being as medical care and if some mimed magic performed by an oddly dressed character can make that happen, then let the clowns be borderless!

  10. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    Pippi? NOOOO! My dear forever eleven year old daughter LOVED her. I would read and reread the stories to her.

  11. David Traub via Facebook

    Pippi Longstocking is frightening!

  12. Cage LaCapitan via Facebook

    creepy clowns are truly n american invention and frankliy if it weren’t for those weird clown dolls and kitsch art the whole idea of a creepy clown would have a lot less impact. My unlce works closely with European clowns in his business- and no that

  13. Donald O’Connor, Ray Bolger!!

  14. David Traub via Facebook

    Buster Keaton, W.C. Field, Fanny Brice!

  15. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook


  16. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    Abbot and Costello,

  17. Dearest Kristine, don’t worry about the “creepy clowns”, clowns aren’t the focus….. (big smile) “without borders” is the focus… enjoy the article, sweet one!!! LOL!!!! And Rabbi G and David are absolutely on the mark!! There are all kinds of clowns!! oxo!!!

  18. David Traub via Facebook

    Myron Cohen, Victor Borge!

  19. David Traub via Facebook

    Red Buttons!

  20. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    I LOVE CLOWNS – EMMETT KELLY, Dr. Patch Adams, Robin Williams, Red SAkelton, Carol Burnett, Luciel Ball…..

  21. I’m sorry, but I think clowns are creepy

  22. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    I know a Rebbetin with issues.

  23. David Traub via Facebook

    Rebitzen without issues.

  24. Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill via Facebook

    Rabbis Without Borders

  25. Donna Morask

    “Peacekeepers without borders,” has a nice ring to it… Yes more than worthy of our visualization and focus of our attention. Preserving cultural heritage, yet finding the commonality that exists among all human beings, could go a long way to promoting that bridge of change through world wide collaboration… Let us then continue the conversation.