More and more I am asking myself, “What am I choosing to seek?” “What am I illuminating?” “How am I crafting the time that I have here – the time that is my life.”
How do I choose to live?
An old acting teacher of mine posted something online not too long ago that has really stuck with me. It’s from a play that was written in 1939.
In the time of your life, live — so that in that
good time there shall be no ugliness or death
for yourself or for any life your life touches.
Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is
found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let
it be free and unashamed.
Place in matter and in flesh the least of values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away.
Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world.
Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.
Be the inferior of no man, nor of any man be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man’s guilt is not yours, nor is any man’s innocence a thing apart.
Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand.
Have no shame in being kindly and gentle, but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.
In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.
— Prologue to The Time of Your Life, by William Saroyan, 1939
So let us go…
seek goodness and drag it out of it’s hiding place. Let us strive not to add to the misery of the world.
The world can be pretty stupid… and also pretty beautiful. I’d like to try more often to fight one with the other.
In the time of our lives, let’s live…
You know, except for the murder part.