South Bend Civic Theatre. It's been a long haul, since BEFORE auditions in mid-May, to get to where we are now. At this point, there are just some finishing touches, some tweaks, some final details left, and it will be a beautiful thing.
It's amazing what goes into a process and what comes out on the other end. People that come to see the show will, I hope, be greatly pleased at the beautiful set, costumes, lighting, music, and the incredible talent of all of our actors on stage, and the crew backstage as well. They will not know any of the story of the countless hours of effort that each person went through to get it to the point it's at when it's seen on stage. We each had our own Journey taking us there, our tears and our laughter, our seemingly endless notes, sleepless nights, ad infinitum.
It reminds me of our actual Journey here. Though our lives may intersect, not a single one of us has lived the life of anyone else. Though we can empathize with their hurts and struggles, we're usually more focused on our own. Though we can respond with kindness, we all-too-often choose selfishness. When we are overwhelmed, we lash out. When we are on edge, we push other people over in an effort to save ourselves.
What if, instead, we grabbed on and held each other?
This week has been frustrating, high-stress, and difficult all around, but it's leading into something incredible that will never be duplicated.
And that, my friend, is a metaphor for your life.