On a casual conversation today, I mentioned to a friend:
"It is like am watching a thriller movie, all scary, and the movie is starring me!!!”
Coming to think of it, it's nice to imagine ourselves sitting alone in a movie theatre, munching popcorn or chips and watching our own situations being screened as a movie.
I think it may be interesting in many ways:
- There is no prior review of the movie that you can read, as it is your life and running live. You are the only spectator.
- There is no need to get stressed, as it is just a movie and you are free to emote based on the story, and still be assured it is not happening in the ‘Now’.
- You can clearly see the responses and reactions of the actors in the story because you are sitting in the audience side and can understand what is working well and what does not.
- You can be your own critic.
- The movie will not fetch money, so in essence it is just done as an expressive artwork just for your eyes. The movie does not have to please anyone else except yourself.
- You do not know the story and hence it is an interesting watch.
- You hang on to the edge of the seat and want to know how your character is story-boarded in the movie. It is just unbelievable what all you can do in the wake of circumstances. Truly amazing you are!
- You can read your own facial expressions and see how skewed it can look to the others under various moods.
- It is interesting to see that so many people like you, hate you, adore you, admire you, love you, trust you, want you and believe you.
- It is the only movie that is being screened just for you in your mind and so unlike the rest of the real-life cinema.
I think it is a nice step-back trick that we could all use in our every day life to take a quick break from wherever we are in our minds.
Think about this situation:
You are stuck in traffic. You are angry because of the unreasonable delay to meet your appointment. You look around dismayed because there is no alternate way to wade through the traffic, except to wait. You feel helpless and hence are upset.
Now, imagine the same scene playing on the movie screen (you are the hero, remember)
Mini Mind Theatre:
Movie: Just in time, starring YOU.
Genre: All categories
You are watching the show all by yourself with the popcorn or chips to munch. You can add a cool drink or coffee per your choice, to make it an interesting watch!
- Do you see the pointlessness in your hero’s temper?
- Do you like the facial expression?
- Did the other drivers react the same way too?
- Do you see that the traffic is a problem that is worth so much stress?
- Did you notice the road-block that caused the traffic?
- Did you see the beautiful flower on the tree lining the road?
- Did you know that the new toy shop you read about in the news was right there where you are held up?
- Do you see that the bike needs a quick shine?
- Did you see that the truck driver behind is trying to hit your hero’s bike and the accident got averted in a quick stroke of luck?
Do you see how much you notice about the same situation by just being an audience to your own storyline??
Goes to say:
Take a break. It is your life, agreed. Exactly why, watching the play of your own life story matters.
In the face of extraordinary situations in life, it is best to quickly decor up the mind theatre( including the seating, foot light, screen cover and the Exit/Entry signposts), and start watching the present shot before acting, reacting, or responding to the storyboard, which the situation presents to you.
You are only playing your role in the whole play. Give your best attempt to do it well. To do that, you must take a step back and be a spectator to the situation/scene in your life, every once in a while.
All the world’s a Stage - William Shakespeare.