And So It Should Be

I love this:

Alan Rickman, ladies and gentlemen…!

The camera likes you if it can see you thinking and most importantly, listening.


You only speak because you wish to respond to something you’ve heard. So the notion of an actor going away and looking at a speech they have in their bedroom alone at night is a complete nonsense to me.

What you have to say is completely incidental. All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening. And then what you have to say will become automatic.

How alive are you to your fellow actors? How well do you actually listen? Something to think about, for sure.

Life is generally unpredictable so planning can only get you so far; instead, it’s vastly better to know oneself and be certain of your own fundamental beliefs so that you have a foundation, a mooring for your values that allows you to operate fluidly, seamlessly with whatever life throws at you.

This reminds me, yet again, of the wise words of a previous pastor of mine, who has said the following in a number of different ways:

Before you decide on what you want to do you must first decide on who you want to be.

Andy Stanley

It doesn’t appear to be very useful or pragmatic at first blush, but, you eventually (inevitably?) learn that this is actually how life really works.

You and I have met many, many folks who simply do not know who they are! And yet… they spend all of their time obsessing about what they are doing and the work that is yet to be done.

Sadly, some will continue down that track until the track runs out and then it’ll be way too late. This is what I’m working on right now. We have to spend time listening to others and, most importantly, ourselves… the small but significant whispers that we know to be true.

Oftentimes, we simply ignore them (for whatever reason). This is not as it should be.