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.