We are All Projectionists

As a teenager, I badly wanted to be a movie projectionist at the local theater. The thought of learning all about the projection equipment was very appealing. And just imagine being responsible for showing movies for the entertainment of hundreds of people each night!


The job never panned out.

Yet I did become a projectionist. Actually, we are all projectionists.

We are all responsible for showing movies for the sake of those around us. Individual, unique movies we direct and star in ourselves.

We get to decide if the projected movie is a chick flick, comedy, drama, or an action or a horror film. And this is what we show to our friends and family daily.

Are you projecting the kind of movie you want others to see? Are you happy with your role on screen?

We are all projectionists.

But we are not all projecting good stories.

What if we could live out better stories? What effect would it have on those around us?

It would have an effect bigger than we can fully understand!

However, we are not all impressionists. We do not directly control the impact our projections have on others. We cannot force our critics to write good movie reviews — nor should we waste efforts coaxing them.

Even still, at a minimum, we have indirect influence on how our projections are seen. We are in direct control of everything others see about us.

We determine the plot. The content. The supporting characters. The action. The body language. The dialog.

And the growth — a result of story.

Though others’ interpretations of our projections are left to the beholder, we are obligated and liberated to present ourselves well, living out the most powerful story possible.

Here’s hoping we project something worth seeing.

Imagine watching a movie about your life story. What would it say? What would you want it to say?