Tonight the lights will come up on another opening – another show – another pie. Well, at least I’m now prepared for it. After two times rehearsing, I’ve discovered that my gut reaction to fend off said pie, doesn’t work. Last night we found the right consistency of whipped cream, but when I put my hand out, it went off to the side and did minimal damage. ‘To get the full effect I’m going to have to keep my hands to myself.
Opening nights are always exciting, because all that you’ve worked for over the rehearsal process is now going to come to fruition. There’s nothing like a live audience to give the needed energy to a performance. Things we think are funny, may not be to the audience. Things we consider normal, might have them rolling in the aisles. You never know what the result will be until the show is over. There will be flubbed or stepped on lines. There will be mistakes. But the energy we create on stage is contagious. It’s a back and forth excitement resulting from that interchange between performers and viewers.
Life can be like that too. If we mope around with sad faces and nothing but a gloom and doom mentality, we aren’t doing a lot of good for the rest of the world. Sometimes we have to put on a different mask, even when we don’t feel like it. Those who seem most cheerful under dire circumstances are often thought of as weird in the world’s opinion. However, a glad heart and joyful disposition is much more appealing. Both masks of comedy and tragedy can be contagious. Think about it. Which would you rather be spreading around?
Every day should be like an opening night. We can face it with anticipation and excitement, knowing that things aren’t going to be perfect, but if we allow them to, they will be energizing and fulfilling. When you approach life in that way, you’re letting God do His best through you. Think of the alternative – if you wake up determined to fail, chances are you will. It’s all a matter of your point of view.