Oprah Presents Master Class (this delightful program on OWN) spoke to me. I was watching Morgan Freeman's class...he just knows. So wise when it comes to acting; what it takes...what builds the bones of a great actor...what ish is swimming around in the DNA of someone who should be in front of a camera.

I learned more about acting and me from that darn show than I ever have in any of my acting classes...felt a lot better about myself, too. Sadly acting classes don't leave you thinking you're on to something. Mr. Freeman on the other hand ended his class with this poem:

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story...
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here... ~Max Erhmann


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