I was at an audition today…

I was at an audition today…

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So I’m at an audition for a network TV show this morning (good show, good little part – I’ll let you know if I book it : ) and into the quiet waiting room barrels in this actress – let’s call her “Sally” – and she flops herself in a chair and immediately starts complaining. Loudly.

She’s complaining about the heat and the parking and her hurt ankle and the show she used to be on that got cancelled and her mechanic who’s probably a crook and this famous film director who’s a horse’s ass and were they running late because she hated it when she had to wait around in a casting office especially for such a dumb little part…

Shocking, right?

To walk into what is, basically, a JOB INTERVIEW and do nothing but 1) complain and 2) play the victim and then 3) bad-mouth other people in the industry?!?!?


You don’t have to be an actor to know that kind of behavior is unacceptable. Poisonous, even.

But here’s the thing: I don’t think Sally thought she was being rude. I think she thought she was – honestly – just making conversation.

I think Sally is so caught up in the little punishments of life that she’s completely forgotten to focus on the good stuff.

(Do you find yourself complaining and commiserating just to make small talk?)

I think Sally has been disappointed so many times that she’s started to predict doom no matter what.

(Do you guard yourself from good, not wanting to get your hopes up?)

And Sally didn’t look very healthy to me; I suspect her weight makes her physically uncomfortable which also darkens her mood.

(Is your body making you miserable?)

Here’s what’s funny: when I think about it, everything Sally said was basically true.

I also had noticed that it was really hot outside and the parking was kind of confusing and I’m sure that famous film director really is a horse’s ass… BUT NONE OF THAT BOTHERS ME.

I was happy to be at the audition. I’ll be happy if I get the part and just as happy if I don’t. I like my life. I like my body. I like acting. I like writing emails to you all. I even liked my long drive into LA, because I got to listen to one of my favorite inspirational CDs.

None of it feels like a chore because it all feels like a blessing.

My happiness is not circumstantial.

I have taught myself to be joyful pretty much no matter what. And I see the results of that joy in my work, in my bank account, in my relationships and in my environment.

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To Begin And To Begin Again

Starting over can be so dispiriting, you know?

Even just the phrase, “starting over” implies that one is going back to the beginning. And from kindergarten on up, we are taught that having to go back to the beginning is not a good sign.

And worse, it sounds boring. It sounds like now we’re stuck having to go back and do the same dumb things that didn’t even work the first time.

This is no way to appeal to the bright, creative, industrious person that you are.

So let’s rephrase:

“I’m starting a whole new thing!”

“First I was planting and watering, now I’m pruning and harvesting.”

“First I was doing somersaults on the floor, then on the balance beam, now I’m doing them mid-air on the uneven bars.”

“Same problem: different outfit!”

“My life is a gyre – I move in ever-widening circles, gaining altitude each time.”

When you need to begin again, make sure you can do so with the fresh, open joy of a true new beginning.

In Praise of Those Last Ten (…Or Twenty…) Pounds

In Praise Of Those
Last Ten (…Or Twenty…) Pounds


Oh, you ten (…or
twenty…) pounds…

You remind me:

I am not a teenager

(Thank God)

My life is not lived
just for me alone anymore

(Thank God)

I’ve got good food and
good wine and good appetite


Thank God.


You jiggle a bit.


It’s not a bloat; it’s a





You have lived through
the unthinkable.

Those friends who have
gone –

The love and grief for
them that remains –

Is that part of the ten

The jobs well done that
no one praised –

Is that a pound or two?

And those ice-sharp playground
taunts, those adolescent bone-aches,

That twenty-something
battle for Self – ferocious –

Where is the weight of


Jealousy does not become


Ten pounds hardly seems
like a distinction worth making when

One body is so much like



Feet Leg Belly Back Arms
Head Hands


Not all of us have every
part and


There might be an organ
that’s not quite working right or

A hormone that’s out of

We’ve all been a little

Damaged in transit.


But here we are.

Here to criticize

Here to be a better
example to our daughters and our sons

Here to shove the
photo-shopped images out of the way and say

This is what the Body of
a Person looks like.

This is the truth of me.

All of me.

Only me.


And remember, if twenty
years from now you would find a photograph of you taken today you’d think, “Wow
– I had no idea how beautiful I was.”


So let’s put on the
bathing suit and go swimming.

Let’s invite our lover’s
hand to caress our belly.


And let’s put on lovely
clothes that fit and

Give away those
not-our-size-now clothes

Because believe me, one
of your

Brothers or Sisters (who
do not enjoy the luxury of excess) could really

Use those and Lord knows
they’re not doing you any good

Just cluttering up the

Torturing you.


So we stand naked and

“Thank you, Body, for
loving me so well and so long.”


Offering a blessing on

This Body



Leaves an


On the


We Breathe.


©  2010 Samantha Bennett

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