Hey everyone!

I hope the leap into spring is finding you all rejuvenated and inspired!

I recognize I haven’t written in a while and I apologize for that. It seems like all too often life gets away from me and I become a professional at distracting myself from accomplishing the things I want to accomplish.

Recently the theme of my life that seems to be seeping into everything I am seeing and doing is: what does it mean to stand for something? What does it mean to have principles? What does it mean to understand the truth of something, come up against adversity, and continue to stand by what you believe in?

I have discovered a new respect for those who stand for what they know to be true and right. I find that it is only during the greatest adversity that you find your greatest truth. It’s easy to claim that you believe in something, but it isn’t until that belief is challenged that one is really forced to decide to what extent.

I saw the film “The Counterfeiters” recently, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, it won Best Foreign film at the Academy Awards this year. It’s spectacular; I highly recommend it. Anyway, there is a character in the film that has a belief and stands for it. He knows a truth for himself and he’s willing to sacrifice his own life and comforts for this truth.

I was so moved by this character and his story and I began to think about all the great peaceful leaders of our time who stood for humanity, compassion, tolerance and understanding and I realized that although the beauty they inspired in the world was immense, it really didn’t take hold until after their death.

Then I began to wonder if, in fact, we truly don’t ever understand what we have or the value of what we are being presented until we are threatened with the loss of it… Until we face some form of adversity in order to attain or keep it.

I wonder if Gandhi’s voice would resonate so loudly had he not been killed? And Dr. King’s voice? And John Lennon’s voice?

It feels like their voices were amplified exponentially because of their willingness to die for their principles. This is so inspiring to me, and yet incredibly frightening and daunting. I want to believe I am a woman of character. I want to believe I am a woman of principle. I want to make an effect on the world and help people to see the beauty in life and relating. But I don’t know how far I am willing to take this. I don’t know how strong my character is. I feel like I am only now beginning to understand what it is I do believe in. Now the whole concept of actively going about taking steps to exemplify these beliefs is so scary.

I want to thank all of you. I want to thank you for your support and encouragement. I want to thank you for your joy and appreciation for my work and my wacky explorations. I feel that this site is a well that I often draw inspiration from when I am feeling low and frustrated. Thanks for tolerating the diatribe!

Have a beautiful day.

Yours appreciatively,
Allison

Add yours Comments – 154

  • Rebecca B.

    on July 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    OH MY GOD!
    In spite of my scarce knowledge of english (sorry, i’m italian and I’m only 14!), I liked a lot what you’ve said.
    You are not only my favourite actress, you are in the first place a strong woman. Yours is a courageous speech!
    Ok, here is 22.30, I must go to bed… 🙂
    Have a nice day Allison! See you on…tv!
    Lots of kisses from Italy,
    Rebecca

  • Javan

    on July 24, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Hi
    I am a boy from China who love you very much
    very very much
    since i watched Smallville ,i have been your fan
    no one in Smallville can replace you
    sorry for my bad english
    but i hope you can recieve my best wishes to you

  • Raquel Emanuele

    on August 13, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    A Rose
    by Elizabeth
    A lovely rose with petals soft
    A scent so sweet and light
    So beautiful a flower
    With colors shining bright.
    But something not so savory
    About the fragrant rose –
    The thorns, so sharp upon the stem,
    That sharpen as it grows.
    Yet still lovely is the flower
    Despite the thorns that prick
    Just as life and love are sweet
    They too have thorns that stick.
    But do not fear to live or love,
    Life’s not exempt from pain –
    So pick a rose, you may get hurt,
    But you will also gain!

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