The stage

The stage is another way of seeing our life. Sociologist Erving Goffman described very well in his book The presentation of self in everyday life, how relevant the imagery of theater is to describe how we lead our lives. As in the theater play we act on the stage of life every day, we are playing our roles and we often like to put a lot of drama into them.

Watch out, for example, how attentively you prepare yourself in the morning to go to work, to go on your stage. Clothing, outfit, a last look into the mirror before leaving the house and many looks into the mirror during the day too. We like to act and very often, we are not conscious about this. Our business stage also has spectators, our colleagues at work, our clients. And as every stage has a back stage, we are also used to making secret agreements that are not to be shared with the audience out there. The stage concept contains important clues for self awareness, just like the playground.

Both the concept of a playground and a stage create awareness of a simple fact that we are only playing games. Once we are aware about that, we can become conscious players, choosing more often behavior and attitude instead of being victim of conditionings and limiting belief systems. This brings a higher degree of freedom and also makes you discover more of your potential.

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Stage

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Glasses

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Sensing

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