Life is a theater, so invite your audience carefully.
Not everyone can or should have a front row seat.
And you get to decide who will sit there.
Observe the relationships around you.
Which ones lift, which ones lean, and which ones limit?
Which ones encourage and which ones dishearten?
When you leave certain people, do you feel better or worse?
Are they leading you up a path of growth, going nowhere…or worse, taking you downhill?
Are there people who don't really know or understand you, and never take the time to try?
What about critics, those who judge you and all that you do?
And are there those near you who only want to upstage you?
Know this: some people in your life are best loved from a distance.
It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of, or at least minimize, your time spent with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere friendships.
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention!
Who are the directors, working to bring out the best in you?
Is there a supporting cast, helping you in your role?
Which ones make up your loyal fan club, applauding your efforts, and even giving an occasional standing ovation?
Who affirms and appreciates all your hard work?
These are the people worthy of your attention, your time and your energy.
The more you seek respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth, the easier it will become for you to decide who sits in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony.
In the finale, you cannot "change" most of the people around you, so you have to change the people you are around the most!
Life is a theater, and YOU are the star.
Step into the light, prepared to give the best performance possible.
Follow your heart; say your lines clearly and with confidence.
There is no rehearsal…so invite your audience carefully.
Note: The original author of this piece is unknown.
I first heard it many years ago, and when I did some research, found several versions.
This is one that I’ve adapted