A while back, I watched a TED talk that made me think differently. I love watching TED talks, they inspire me, and make me think. But this one was different. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I watched it over and over again. I went to the authors website and devoured everything I could. Finally I bought the book on tape. I listened to it intently trying to absorb everything I heard. It changed my life. It changed the way I thought, the way I interacted with others. It changed the way I taught. In reality, it's a simple principle. Start with why.
I love to act. It is a passion of mine that I discovered at a young age. Yet, somehow, I hadn't found the words to describe why I love to act . . . until now. While in collage a teacher read a quote from a great leader. I'll paraphrase here:
“Upon the stage of a theater, a television set, or movie screen, there can be represented in character, evil and its consequences, good and its happy results and rewards, the weakness and the follies of man, the magnanimity of virtue and the greatness of truth. This can impress upon the minds of a community an enlightened sense of a virtuous life.”
This is why I love the arts. This is why I love to act. This . . . is my why.