Every now and then, a specific phrase that someone happens to say sticks with me. I don’t know how my mind catches these little nuggets of wisdom, but all of a sudden it repeats itself like a familiar story in my head.
What I’m about to tell you is one of those things.
After having coffee with a friend yesterday, I happened to drop in on a budding group of performers who were being taught by Wolfgang Bodison. It’s been a while since I’ve felt the warm, inviting feel of a small theatrical stage, and I decided to soak myself in some goodness for a few hours.
Throughout the repetition exercises that were being performed, an underlying theme slowly stemmed from the scenes. That theme revolved around listening, and “moment to moment” connection.
And then I heard it.
“The story comes second to the moment to moment.”
This is a very powerful statement. In fact, that very saying inspired me to actually write this post after a small spell of writer’s block… if that really exists.
It’s powerful in a way that only someone who meditates and lives “in the moment” can understand. Clearly, I’m not one of those people yet. (SQUIRREL! anyone?) but I’m really trying hard to fit this thought process into my life.
You see, we all have a story we’d like to tell. But in getting lost in what our “story” is, we often forgo giving ourselves the ability to create and live the important moments- the moments that allow you to truly connect and let your story tell itself. We’re always thinking ahead to the next move, the next thought, the next conversation. We tend to think that our story should exist first, and then we live to go through moments until we reach the end, forgetting that thinking we already know our story influences our actions, and reactions, in the moment.
We’re so hell bent on others knowing our story, that we often forget that our stories really mean the most to ourselves.
The story comes second to the moment to moment. Let your moments unravel your story and soak it all in, friend.