World Theatre Day 27th March - Masters of Disguise
“People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved, their dramas, their distractions, their stories resolved and their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”
? Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
How true is what Chuck said….The human spirit thrives on drama. We all say things like, “I hate drama,” or “I just don’t need that kind of drama in my life,” but the irony is we are most involved in reel or real dramas. In fact we enjoy drama and we actually function our best in the midst of dramatic situations.
Have you observed…When you have a picnic to go to… waking up at 4:30 in the morning suddenly doesn’t feel quite so complicated. We were made for drama and we were designed for it.
With no drama—our lives start to become comfortable, boring and stale…
We wait for a drama to happen to us.
How about not waiting and go out to create a drama which could help heal us and the planet as a whole rather than creating daily doses of soap operas that leads us nowhere.
How about indulging in the drama of saving people’s lives in need?
How about creating music that could lift spirits?
How about sharing thoughts and ideas that could melt people’s hearts and minds?
How about dedicating our lives to save people from addiction, starvation?
How about putting our hands to materials—and making something useful with them?
How about seeing our work as important?
How about living life with No competition, No jealousy, No comparison, No judgment, just an unbiased willingness to get to work and do something awesome. Drama ….then would be great…….So here is a little drama to draw some learning experiences from the animal chameleon
The word 'chameleon' is a combination of two Greek words, 'Chamai', meaning 'on the ground' and Leon meaning 'lion'...lion of the ground.
- Chameleons rarely fight one another........How does that sound for us human beings? Of the 725 billion people on earth, how many have never ever fought even once in their lifetime?
Let’s do a drama of NOT FIGHTING on any issue and work towards resolving it.
- Chameleons look in two directions at once and their eyes have a 360-degree arc of vision. They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously.....We say we are not judgemental but can we say with full authority that we look at both sides of the coin of any issue. Looking at one side only is never non judgemental.
Let’s do a drama of OBSERVING ALL THE DEGREES OF ANY MATTER.
- Chameleons are slow movers......One offending finger and our anger tears the roof.
Let’s do a drama of MAKING OUR MOVEMENTS SLOW IN ANGER AND REACTIONS.
- A Chameleon is a lizard like reptile famous for its ability to able to change skin colour.......They do it for their survival and to live in peace. Humans are just the opposite, they change colours to manipulate and show true colours by brawling.
Let’s do a drama of MASKING OUR NEGATIVE EMOTIONS.
- Chameleons have very long ballistic tongues that are 1.5-2 times the length of their body. Chameleons feed by projecting their long tongue from their mouth to capture prey located some distance away........Oh Boy!!! Do we ever run extra miles to give more than we should or could have?
Let’s do a drama of MAKING OUR EFFORTS LENGHTIER THAN OUR ABILITIES
- Happy Feet. The feet of chameleons are highly adapted to movement in trees (arboreal locomotion). These specialized feet allow chameleons to grip tightly onto narrow or rough branches........Come adversity and we are off balance.
Let’s do a drama of BEING ROOTED AND BEING A DANCING HAPPY SOUL.
- Chameleons can’t hear much. Chameleons are largely deaf and communicate instead via long-distance vibrations.....Oh here comes similarity with the only difference of hearing too much mind chatter...Do you agree? Or is your chattering saying something else.
Let’s do a drama of DEFEATING OUR MIND CHATTER AND PRACTICING MIND CALMING MEDITATIONS.
The Mixed-Up Chameleon is the story of a chameleon who is pretty much like any other chameleon you might come across. It changes colour every now and then, from green to brown, to red to yellow. It's bright and green when it's warm and its belly is full, and grey and dull when it's cold and hungry. It sits around eating flies, like all other chameleons, and leads a generally unexciting life.
But one day it goes to the zoo and is amazed by all those different animals it sees. It looks around and the action starts. It sees a polar bear and wishes it was as big and white as that. Bang! Its wish comes true.
It sees a flamingo and wishes it was as beautiful as that. Bang! Its wish comes true and it grows wings and flamingo legs. It sees a fox and wishes it had a tail like that. Its wish comes true. And it continues wishing until it ends up with fish fins, deer antlers, a giraffe's neck, a tortoise's shell, an elephant's face and trunk and a pair of seal flippers.
Suddenly it sees a fly. Our chameleon friend is hungry but how can it possibly get at the fly in its current state? It wishes it was itself again. And bang! Its wish comes true. And it uses its super sticky tongue to eat the fly!
Let’s do a drama of BEING HAPPY, FLEXIBLE AND ENJOYING WHAT WE TRULY ARE.....