The magic in the margins

“The really important ‘great’ events are never center stage of life’s dramas; they’re always ‘in the wings.’ That’s why it’s so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial.”

—Mr. Rogers

Consider a bustling theater. The drama unfolds, the characters shine, center stage. The audience watches, transfixed, following the story, the glitz, the glamour. It’s captivating, enthralling. But is it the whole picture? Is it the most important part of the theater experience? Let’s venture into the wings.

There, in the wings, the magic is quietly crafted. Behind the scenes, away from the spotlight, the crew work tirelessly. They shift the props, cue the lights, control the sound. It’s in the wings that the great events take shape, though the audience might never notice.

Think of life in the same way. We’re often drawn to the flashy, the extravagant, the center stage events. They grab our attention, command our focus. But is that where the richness of life truly lies? Look closer. Step into the wings of life.

The grandeur of life isn’t in the loud, headline-grabbing events. It’s in the subtle, the overlooked, the background. It’s in the quiet moments of connection, the shared laughter over a simple meal, the comforting hug during a tough day.

These ‘in the wings’ moments may not demand our attention, but they deserve it. They may not be flashy, but they’re deep, significant, transformative. They’re the moments that shape us, that make us who we are.

To truly appreciate life’s theater, we need to appreciate the wings as much as the center stage. We need to recognize the importance of the humble and the deep, not just the flashy and the superficial.

So, take a moment, shift your focus from the center stage. Pay attention to the wings of your life. The ‘great’ events are waiting there, quietly crafting the magic of your life. Be mindful of them. For it’s in the wings, that life’s real drama unfolds.