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You’re on stage.

It’s my mantra, evolved over decades and made public a few years ago when I realized that each of us has the privilege of being a person of character and grace. Key word – privilege. No matter your profession or role or economic standing, someone is your audience. I believe it’s one of life’s great challenges, to live with integrity.

Don’t mess up. I often say this as a tag to the mantra above. A friend and colleague commented that “don’t mess up” seems didactic. I agreed, realizing that I am at once the student and the teacher in need of a reminder.

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5 Responses to Home

  1. Barb Parker says:

    Congratulations, can’t think of a better day to enter the blog-world.

  2. Julia Gagne says:

    Hmmm. I have thought about this several times since reading it yesterday, with different outcomes. “On stage” implies to me an artificiality, playing a character rather than being our authentic selves. While I certainly think one should live life at all times with integrity (just read a really interesting book by Sam Harris called “Lying” that made me stop and think!), I don’t think it should be because we feel an audience is watching, and judging. I would also love to hear you expand on the idea that it’s a ‘privilege’ to be a person of ‘character and grace.’ I am not sure what you mean.

  3. Lyndol says:

    My first thought is to give you more backstory: I believe there are intriguing parallels between live theater and being a follower of Jesus Christ. I am part of both lives. I live in both worlds. You’ve given me much to think about, and I’ll get back to you soon. Also I want to read the Harris book!

  4. lyndolbiz says:

    I don’t claim to know the craft of acting as well as others. The comparisons however — acting onstage and the life of a Believer — are limited. There is no theater without an audience, so yes, an actor might always be aware of her/his setting. A follower of Jesus has the challenge and the power to be the presence of Christ in all aspects of life. I believe someone is watching every one of us, needing an example perhaps, and being of person of grace and love is the way I aspire to live. I continue to discover lessons in both spheres, and it’s a vivid journey!

  5. Julia Gagne says:

    Mm hmm. Okay. As you know, I don’t relate well to the religious jargon here. As far as people actually ‘watching’ us needing an example, I think people pay much less attention to us and think about us much less than we think (or worry) they do. I am in favor of living a life of integrity because I know it’s the right way to live. But I see now where you were coming from, and: ’nuff said!

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