“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING …..”
— Lois Heady
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Drama can easily take over our lives if we allow ourselves to be sucked in. When emotions are high, we lose focus. We function on adrenaline and feelings, and therefore react differently while in the heat of the moment. If we can remove ourselves from the situation things often look much different a few days later. However, sometimes the damage is already done. And even when damages occur, our reactions can still determine the outcome. As difficult as it might be, sometimes no reaction at all can be best. And then again, I wonder if that is just a cowards way out by not wanting to get involved. Most of us always have an opinion, but for the sake of peace we might keep it to ourselves.
At any rate, most dramas vary somewhat but have many commonalities. Some plays are tragedies, others comedies, and some are spectacles. Drama always has a star player. It usually has supporting actors and an audience. Maybe more than anything it needs a critic to close it down.
Drama often occurs when someone is not getting what they want or feels slighted. It can also start from a misinterpretation of what someone has said or done or from miscommunication in general. We might be the ones spreading false information. We might be the one whose words or actions have been misinterpreted. Or we might merely be innocent bystanders. One can apologize, walk away, or participate. (Are you still on stage? Are you you continuing to watch to see what happens? Did you leave the building?) Whatever reaction one chooses in his role determines the outcome of the drama. It can fold production or it can go for an encore.
In life we find dramas being carried out with different casts in our families, groups of friends, churches, P.T.A.s, and organized sport teams. How do we keep from getting sucked in? I prefer to stay clear of drama as seldom anything good comes from it. However, we all get involved in one way or another at one time or another. Are we starring in the show, selling tickets, or watching the play? Must we stick around to see the ending? Is the theme of the drama pertinent to our life?
I usually consider myself a spectator in life. I like to watch what is going on around me. I’d rather slip in and out than be cast in a starring role. I learn more this way, am able to keep my emotions in check, and am less stressed. Am I missing out? I don’t think so. I play an active role in my own life process. I only prefer to stay out of the politics of everyday living that surrounds me. I think there’s a difference between actually living life and living in the midst of drama and politics. Some choose to live loud and open while others choose a more subtle approach to life. I suppose we are all stars of own life dramas, and the world is our theater. How we want to be perceived and remembered is up to us.