Remember when I told you about my improv acting class and how uncomfortable I was? Well I have more to say about that class.

The teacher was amazing, really. She knew how to get things out of you. She knew how to make you uncomfortable, but in a way that made you open up and take risks. One day out of the blue she said, “If you want to be successful, you must be open and honest.”

I got the feeling that she wasn’t just talking about acting, but life in general, and I’ve thought about that a lot since then. What does it mean to be open and honest? Does it mean we are open to everything in the world, good or bad? Does it mean we must be honest about everything we feel, that we must say everything on our minds?

What I think it means to be Open and Honest

I can’t really talk about one without the other, because I think they work hand in hand. To be open, does not mean readily accepting every philosophy or practice in the world, but it does mean that we must consider everything. To be open means we strive to see things from others point of view, and not just for a minute, for a lifetime. We consider where people come from, what their daily experience is, what they were taught, how they see the world. If we are honest with ourselves, then we begin to see that we are not placed in the world


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