In Others’ Words: The Right Place
In high school, I was involved in drama — both acting and directing. When I earned a role in a play, I had to learn both my lines and the stage directions — specifically, entrances, exits, and where I stood onstage. My spot on stage was called my mark. Sometimes my mark — as well as other actors’ marks — was designated with an “x” made out of criss-crossed pieces of duct tape. In acting lingo, I was supposed to “hit my mark.” No looking down and searching for the duct tape “x” — that would ruin the scene.
How often in real life have I wandered here and there, unsure of where I want to stand?
- Do I want to stand up and defend myself in this moment, this argument? Or do I want to let the moment pass by?
- Do I want to stand up and ask forgiveness when I know what I just said wounded someone … or do I step back and let silence engulf the opportunity?
- Do I want to stand up and wade into a controversial topic? Or do I sit down and stay quiet because I think stifling what I believe is somehow better than having an honest, albeit at times tense, relationship with a friend or family member?
In the scenes of my life, how do I determine where my mark is … and then stand firm?
In Your Words: What do you do when you are unsure of where you want to stand? Where have you made definite choices on “right places” where you are determined to stand firm?
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