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I’m not much one for organized religion. I respect others’ right to believe what they choose to believe, but personally it’s just not for me. Which isn’t to say I’m not spiritual; I am. To sum it up…
I believe in a benevolent force that is beyond scientific explanation, though I am more likely to refer to it as a higher power/consciousness or call it “The Universe” than “God” or “Buddha” or “Allah” or whatever. I can’t prove it exists, nor do I feel the need to. It isn’t necessary for anyone else to validate what I think; I don’t care whether I’m “right” in anybody’s eyes but my own.
I believe it is my job as a human being to do more good than harm. To try, every day, to make the world a slightly better place. To avoid hurting others and our planet. To take responsibility and make amends when I make mistakes. To bring love, light, good- however you want to describe it- to as many people as possible, even if it’s just through a seemingly small act. One moment, one person, one human connection at a time…
I believe life is a gift, the living of it is a form of worship, and that everyday actions are our true prayers.
And I believe that in the end, when all is said and done, each of us gets what we deserve.
When I started working on Threads over a year ago, part of me thought it would be over and done by now, and another part of me thought I’d never finish it. Well here I am, with an opening night on sale, in the middle of pre-production, calling in every favor and good karma point I’ve ever earned and some I expect the Universe will extract payment for sometime in the future.
It’s humbling and amazing how many of my friends, family, and clients have offered their help. I have a director/stage manager, sound & light designers, box office manager, photographer, and graphic designer, all working for deferred pay and/or trade. I have connections at a bakery for my concessions needs. Two different people simply wrote checks to cover the cost of my Fertile Ground registration and my venue deposit. That so many folks believe in me enough to spend their time and money on my project, sight unseen…I have no words.
Well, that’s not exactly true. I have one word. Faith. Faith that if you stay true to what you believe in and who you are, if you passionately pursue your goals in an ethical and conscientious way, the Universe will reward you. You may not gain riches and fame, but you will get what you need to survive and even flourish. You will have enough for this life.
Oh…And one more word: gratitude.