‘All the world is a stage
And all men and women merely players’
Thus, said Shakespeare in one of his poems back in the day.
The beauty of truth is in its timelessness, as captured beautifully in the opening lines of the poem.
At each living moment, we assume the role of someone, the spirit of an ideal.
For instance, at this moment, I represent the spirit of a thinker and writer.
You represent the spirit of a reader.
At times we represent the spirit of a friend, a teacher, a brother, a mother, a listener, a speaker, a traveller, a seeker, a child, a father….
But are we able to perform best in all these roles that we assume on a day to day basis?
Most likely, no.
The reason for this is because we look at the world through the lens of our ego, a lens prone to aberrations and distortion.
Identification of the self with the ego comes at the cost of objectivity.
Let me explain.
Say you somehow find yourself at a social gathering that you’d ideally not attend.
And since you feel quite out of place, you stay aloof and wait for the moment when you can get out of there.
A certain someone comes to you and breaks into a conversation.
Now, at that moment, even if your ego wishes that you were out of this situation, there is no running away from the reality of that moment.
At that moment, you embody the spirit of an attendee, a listener.
Now if you choose to be a good attendee, and listen with utmost attention, you would do yourself and the gentleman you’re interacting with a good favour.
But if you identify yourself with your ego, the kind of person you think you are, and look at the situation from that lens, it’s likely that you’d converse half heartedly with much lesser attention.
Which choice is better in your opinion?
In the greater good, I’d choose the former.
I mentioned an inadvertent situation in the example because most of our interactions are of that nature.
Once we choose to play the best role we can at that moment, and think beyond our Ego, we will function much better as a person and refine our interpersonal relationships.
And, let me assure you that this approach does not come at the cost of individuality.
In fact, it only enhances our personality and refines our objectivity towards situations in life.
With such an outlook, all our half heartedness towards situations will vanish and we would only look to perform our role in the best manner possible at that moment.
And those moments will culminate into a best possible life.
Identify your role in each moment,
And perform best,
The show is always on,
Why not make it meaningful !