Gratitude for the Drama

A very young me with no idea where this ride would take him.

Recently, a friend casually mentioned she would be attending the ceremony at her son’s high school where he would be inducted into the National Honor Society. I was surprised when those words brought up a slightly uncomfortable feeling attached to a not-so-pleasant high school memory. I’m pretty sure I never made it to the ceremony where I was to be inducted into the National Honor Society. My mom had way too much to drink that evening, and I was adamant that she not embarrass me by showing up inebriated. 

We got into a huge fight that night. It was so emotionally charged that I don’t recall if I went without her or not at all. I think it was the latter. What I do remember is being extremely hurt by her “choice” to drink that night. Alas, I had much to learn about addiction. Whether she drank or not had nothing to do with me or what was happening later that day. It was just a way to numb her pain.

Interestingly enough, that incident ended up being a pivotal moment that helped me to pursue my secret dream of being an actor. After high school, I was accepted into the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University as an Ad Design major. I wasn’t even able to admit to myself that I wanted to be in theater. Looking back, it’s clear that I chose SU because it also had an excellent Drama Department.

During my sophomore year, I took an “acting for non-majors” class and loved it! My professor helped me turn the events of the Honor Society night into the monologue I used to audition for the Drama Department. Unlike now, the emotions attached to that evening were still pretty raw. They must have come through loud and clear because I was accepted! 

My training at SU helped me get a job in Entertainment at Disney World. Performing in those costumes in front of thousands of park guests helped me overcome my shyness. Without that experience, I doubt I would be able to be in front of people and do the work I do now. It all fits together like some cosmic plan that I could never have mapped out. 

I hadn’t thought about that Honor Society night in a very long time. Although I felt a twinge of sadness, it didn’t stir up the hurricane of feelings that helped me get into the Drama Department all those years ago! I’m certainly not done, but the spiritual journey I’ve been on for the last two decades has helped me process and release many of those emotions.

Today, I can look at that night with compassion and gratitude. It was exactly what needed to happen because it led me to where I am now. And where I am now is pretty sweet. 

The ability to take the charge out of a painful situation or memory and shift it into something beneficial is exactly what Spiritual Coaching and Family Constellations can help you do. Please look around my website to learn more about both of these miraculous opportunities or book a session with my automated scheduler. I look forward to working with you!

It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful.

A Course in Miracles ~ M-4.1-A.4:5

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