The Great Performance

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exists and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,”

– William Shakespeare

What beautiful words this man wrote – so inspiring! I find encouragement in these words and want to share why.

I know that I sometimes feel paralyzed by fear – I’m afraid to act, because I don’t know what will happen if I succeed. I’m afraid to act, because I don’t want to fail. I’m afraid to act because I don’t want to make the wrong decision. I’m afraid to act, which means I’m too scared to step out and play the lead role in my own life.

But what kind of life is that, where the encroachment of fear steals the lead?

I think the reason why I find the words of Shakespeare so encouraging is because of the line that reads. “And one man in his time plays many parts…”

To me, this line is saturated with hope. A wrong choice or poor decision is not the end – it’s just another part to play, another opportunity to grow and to learn. If I act and I fail, it’s okay because there are many more parts to play. If I act and succeed, I can rest assured knowing that my success was because of one thing – I took action.

Fear, I won’t let you hinder me any longer. It’s time I step out and embrace the lead.

– Britney Johnna

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