I Take Blindness as Vision

“I take blindness as vision, deafness as hearing;

I take danger as safety and prosperity as misfortune.”  Anonymous


Life is something unsure.  It is a constantly changing kaleidoscope.  We try to shield ourselves from life’s heartaches and therefore set up walls and barriers to many of life’s opportunities.  We insulate ourselves from life and stop ourselves from living.  From behind our castle walls we neither hate nor love, we only fear. This is not how life was meant to be lived.


So I take what is given me and I appreciate it.  The bad makes the good so much better.  The good makes the bad so much worse.  My handicaps show the way to enlightenment.  My successes point to my fear of failure.


If I accept everything as a part of the magnificence adventure of life, nothing can hurt me.  I accept all.  If I let go of my fear of death, than nothing can hurt me.


How does all this relate to acting?  See all your handicaps as something positive.  They are there to show you what needs to be accomplished.  Never be disheartened by your shortcomings.  They must be recognized and explored.  If you have a strong regional accent,  then you should work on your voice so that you can speak, when necessary, in a standard American accent.  If you are lazy and overweight, you need to start exercising. If you have no technique, then go and take classes.  See how easy that was.  Now instead of being a fat lazy bum with a strong regional accent and no technique, you are an amazingly motivated person who can speak several dialects, has a great body, and remarkable technique.  And all this becomes possible because you once were very far from it.


It also should make you think about the times when you do have everything.  Life is constantly changing so when you are on top, you are not very far from the falling.  This should give you the motivation to keep on working on all those aspects.  When you become flippant, lazy, or sidetracked, you will land in the gutter.  Of course that will give you the opportunity to start all over again.


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

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