Friday, December 10, 2010
Two of Hearts
A healthy sense of humor helps you recognize opportunities for laughter. When was the last time that you laughed so hard that you cried and your sides ached? Duplicate the environment, participants, or timing of the occasion to enjoy the next installment of the event. Maybe it was a holiday gathering or a phone conversation with a friend you hadn't talked with in a while. Sometimes looking through old photos and sharing with others what was happening at the time can help you relive hilarious moments. Everyone might have different examples, but the common denominator is the sound of laughter.
Dramas are those experiences that incorporate the ABCs: Anxiety, Biography, and Commentary. When there are several unknown variables, it is natural to feel anxious about what is going to happen. That heightens the anticipation of a favorable outcome. Of course, you only want a sequel of a drama that taught you valuable lessons and ended well for you. Inevitably, someone's life story, or biography, will be impacted by their interaction with you. You are the star of your own show, but often play a supporting role for family and friends. If they are ready for a new chapter, be prepared to help them draft it. There will always be dialogue, or commentary, regarding what has happened, what is going on now, and what will occur in the future. Contribute to it when you have something of substance to add. Take from it what is applicable and of value to you.
When you think of action scenes, there is movement involved. Somebody or something may be chased. An explosion might remove an obstacle. This means that you need to pursue your dreams. Get up and do something. Make a phone call or do some research on the web. If your last effort blew up in your face, look through the rubble to see what can be salvaged. Don't be distracted by the noise of people who tell you what you cannot do. Opposition makes the action heroes fight harder in the movies. There is usually an obvious opponent who must be defeated. In real life, this may not be the case. Challenges will always be present. When you overcome one, there will be others. That's the purpose of the sequel. There will be new victories for you for you to celebrate.
I will end with the same question that started this post. What did you do so well in 2010 that you wish you could do it again in 2011? Leave a comment and share your sequel plans.