What a simple, yet elegant way to view past relationships. I know that I see my life as divided into 3 acts as of now: childhood, the 16 years with my ex, and post-divorce. While some characters have remained constant throughout the play, others have exited stage right once their part in the story was done. They have their mark and helped to shape the story, but they do not need to occupy space on the stage anymore; they are relegated to the shadows of the wings. Remember that the curtains may close briefly between acts, but they do not remain closed until the final call. Just because there is a shift in the action and a change of characters, does not mean the story is over. Do not be afraid to open the curtains to the next act of your life.