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  • In my acting training over the last four years, we were taught to strive for economy on stage. Economy of breath, movement, and energy. Taking from and putting out into the world just enough for you to achieve your goal in the scene. This economy is efficient and productive.

    It is no different in the day-to-day world. Except substitute in economy of money, space, and travel. The simple execution of buying, selling, and trading for goods and services is something that the entirety of our society contributes to in their lives. A person’s meticulous or rash economy can determine their fate of rising to higher aspirations or settling for a lower position in the hierarchy of the world.

    However, there is one kind of economy that simultaneously baffles and distresses me. Economy of feeling. This economy is crippling and isolating. It is the denial of any real connection to the world, the experiences you have in it, and the people who connect you to it.

    What is the use of frugality in regards to feeling? Hoarding emotions in a secret place in case of emergency. When we finally put them to use, don’t we all find them to be stale and unsatisfactory? It is not beneficial and cannot yield a positive outcome for any of us.

    So- laugh, cry, share love, smile, embrace pain, and run mad as often as you choose. But do not succumb to economy of emotion, keeping them all in an ominous secret box that is bound to be opened at the worst possible time and place. You and your feelings are an integral part of this world.

    And I am learning that so are mine.
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