Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

February 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments


UPDATED 2.02.09

The important word is “and”…

Let me pass along an acting tip from Ian McKellen via Patrick Stewart:

Here’s the passage from Macbeth:

“She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.”
— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)

This little clip struck me as very interesting. It has something to say about acting craft and “the illusion of the first time”, but also implies we might use this craft to help us to live mindfully in the moment.

If we attend mindfully to the small things, to the conjunctions in our lives, might we not live more richly and truthfully?

Perhaps we might become more convincing actors in our own stories?

Perhaps “signifying something?”

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