Monday, April 18, 2011

Minstrel Man

Because my mouth

Is wide with laughter

And my throat

Is deep with song,

You do not think I suffer

after I have held my pain

So long?

Because my mouth

Is wide with laughter,

You do not hear

My inner cry?

Because my feet

Are gay with dancing,

You do not know

I die?

{Langston Hughes}

A friend of mine said that this was one of their favorite poems. It's immensely sad, don't you think?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Good Luck!

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

No Auditions for Role Modeling

role model : noun : a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others.

When I tried out for the play, I read some lines in a Southern accent.

And waited until the end of the week.

Then - miracle of miracles! - the list on the door said I was Mildred.

Ta da!

Easily done.

Not too difficult.

But I decided to audition for the play.

I made myself speak with a Southern accent.

My life?

A different story.

I just live it.

Isn't that how you do it, too?

Don't really think about how you do things...until you're called out on something.

What if you got called out in a good way?

They told you that you have characteristics that they admire and want in their own lives.

At first, you would want to sit that person down and tell them how they truly don't want to be like you.

You see every angle of yourself - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the uglier.

But then you would decide to accept the compliment.

It would mean you're living your life in a way someone else thinks is honorable.

So you would want to jump up and do something wonderful!

You would want to live so that they will have something worthwhile to respect.

You would want to be "better" for them at first...

...but then you would realize it's that messy person that they respect.

So maybe being a role model would change something about you.

You would realize that you're being seen.