Habit 7 is taking the time to sharpen the saw. by renewing the four dimensions of your nature - physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional, you can work more quickly and effortlessly. to do this, we must be proactive. this is a quadrant ii (important, not urgent) activity that must be acted on. it's at the center of our circle of influence, so we must do it for ourselves.
And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn't cry. for it would be the dying face of an unknown, a street face, a newspaper image, and it was suddenly so very wrong that he had begun to cry, not at death but at the thought of not crying at death, a silly empty man near a silly empty woman.
Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.
The notion that i do my work here, now, like this, even when i do not feel like it, and especially when i do not feel like it, is very important. because lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don't feel like it. and that emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby.
Valuing differences is what really drives synergy. do you truly value the mental, emotional, and psychological differences among people? or do you wish everyone would just agree with you so you could all get along? many people mistake uniformity for unity; sameness for oneness. one word--boring! differences should be seen as strengths, not weaknesses. they add zest to life.