A Prayer for the Weak Times

Actor and Director Ben Hodge has been the acting teacher at Central York High School for the past 10 years where he has developed an innovative and fresh curriculum for young actors aged 13-24. This curriculum and workshop format is now available to the greater York area with hopes of training and leading new actors to the realisation that acting is a more than just a hobby or pastime: it is an honourable profession and a way of life. His connections with New York City, LA and local talent agencies are now being offered to anyone who joins the Studio classes and have opened the doors for many already joined. He currently runs classes and offers private acting coaching via Skype. Connect with Ben on Twitter or via email
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To those who are hurting, or have been hurt
I am valuable.
I have value.
I am value…to everyone.
I am worthy.
I have worth.
I am worth…everything.
To be myself is to be free.
To deny my true self is to live in prison: dead to the world around me.
The moments, the good, the bad, the highs, the lows, the peaks and the valleys of my life…
To my journey
To my walk on this troubled planet
May I live this life, my life, as a blessing of hope, peace and gratification
To not just self, but to others.
As I learn to love myself, I learn to love others
As I learn to love myself, I understand that I am fearfully and wonderfully made
As I learn to love myself, I feel peace
I will love myself because:
I am valuable
I have value
I am value…to everything
I am worthy
I have worth
I am worth…everything
May I live my live exuberantly, richly and bombastically:
With a passion so great that it might burst.
With a love so real that others are drawn to its light
With a heart so big that all other organs are overwhelmed by its beating rhythm
With ears that listen and a spirit that follows in step: In tune with the moment, the present, the person that needs to speak
Focused on each given moment
Cherishing them as if they were my last
Relishing in the beauty that lies within
I will be present because:
I am valuable
I have value
I am value…to everyone
I am worthy
I have worth
I am worth…everything
Help me to find the strength when I am weak
When I am unwilling to speak
The times where I want nothing but to sit on the sidelines
and the times when I find myself placed ON the sidelines
The times where I stay back, remaining silent when I need to speak up
The times when I get involved too much, shouting out when I need to shut up
The times where I want to fight when I need to love
The times where I need to stand up for what is right
The times where I want to argue instead of finding resolution
Help me to find the courage to witness myself
And witness others around me
Strengthen my resolve, my resilence, my resoluteness.
Revive my foundation that is built on hope of a brighter day
Reveal the steps I need to take towards becoming that hope for myself and others
Help me to shine brighter than I ever have before
I will shine because:
I am valuable.
I have value.
I am value…to everyone.
I am worthy.
I have worth
I am worth…everything.

About Ben

Ben Hodge has been acting and directing for 20 years in a variety of formats. He has directed several productions in York, PA and had his play REACH performed in NYC at an Off-Broadway venue in 2009. Ben studied English and Acting at Messiah College and received his Masters in Education from Penn State University. After the success of REACH, the hit play about the hidden issues of 21st Century teens, Ben started acting classes in the York, PA area and created Ben Hodge Studios in October 2009. His main goal is to bring a high-level, professional acting workshop to York, PA that is modelled after professional workshops with influences by Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and David Mamet.
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