“Wow!” I slowly rolled up to ride the endor-phin rush, and to strategize how to implement
this new perspective and to explore what else
could I reframe.
The first step was identifying my own perceived failures. Ouch. Breathe deeply. OK,
Failure: My first perceived failure was never
accomplishing A-list celebrity status. After decades of training, theater, and short films, I never evolved beyond that. So much for my dreams
coming true on the silver screen.
Reframed: Is the silver screen limited to the
movie screen? Not at all. Hello computer screen.
Failure: I always wanted to be the star of someone’s story.
Reframed: Why not be the star of my own story?
Failure: I told myself to stop kidding myself. My
role was now to be a mother and to put this into
practice, even in the everyday activity of doing
Reframed: Be a mother and an actor. It isn’t
an either/or but a choice that involves AND.
Write Chickpea into the script and work/play
With this new perspective fueled by both a
math assignment and a simple yoga pose, I
began writing. Fast forward six weeks, and
I’ve now gathered an incredible cast and crew.
Together, we've filmed the web series, “Om
This soul-searching series is about a woman
raised Jewish and Catholique. But wait…what
does it mean to be Catholique? I had sent out
a thousand postcards with this tagline to entertainment industry VIPs, but it was only after all
the cards were in the mail that I had realized
my spell-check wasn’t flagged by the seemingly
French word. After a crying fit unleashed by my
perfectionist self, a commitment to reframing
led me to rename the final episode “Catholique”
to make the spelling look intentional.
From Chickpea’s math assignment to my grammatical error, all of these are lessons in reframing as well as becoming more compassionate
and forgiving towards myself and others. While
I may not have won over anyone in Hollywood—at least not yet—I have won over my
daughter. Success reframed.
Our new mantra is, “Practice makes progress.”
We’ve stocked up on erasers in case we make
mistakes. And I keep my mat nearby for whenever my inner Medusa needs to flip herself upside down again.
Meg Weidner is the soul-searching creator of the Om Sweet Home
web series, which can be blissfully viewed at omsweethome.tv.