Riding the Ox Home 8

“When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes.  Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.” Lin-Chi

 This simply means, do what you have to do.  The trick is finding out what you really need and then pursuing it.  There are so many things that an actor initially has to give up to achieve success.  It is important to find the thing that makes you whole.  For this you have to look into your soul or your true nature.  The thing that makes you whole will very rarely be drugs, alcohol, or wild parties.  These are distractions that will frustrate you from your ultimate goal.  Love, God, family are all things that can give you strength.  These are some of the positive, life-affirming things that you should fall back on during rough spots in your career.  Do not abandon them.

Another way of viewing this quote is that you should not deny yourself the things you need.  Some people get into the habit of living for tomorrow, or living for someone else.  This is wrong.  You were not put on this earth to live for someone else.  You are supposed to live your own life.  Sometimes that means being selfish, not often, but sometimes.  Mostly it means that you should not deny your own happiness for someone else’s happiness.  It is not a question of his way or your way.  There is always a middle ground where you can both come together.

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About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at AFWinter.com. View all posts by oxrider

One response to “Riding the Ox Home 8

  • oxrider

    For those of you who are new to my blog, Riding the Ox Home –
    This is a discussion of Acting through the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. I am not a Buddhist and not much of an actor, but I do like examining my art through many different lenses. I think if we are able to occasionally shake up our beliefs and reevaluate them, it will make us stronger and better people.

    This blog features excerpts from the book available at:
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