“This life is not a dress rehearsal.”
repeated by Kara Powell
Good morning, friends! I hope your weekend was as great as mine, or at least nearly so. Whatever it was, though, it’s over, and now it’s time to move on. Let’s get to it!
Life affords us occasional opportunities to rehearse. We rehearse weddings and graduations and a few other events. Just this past Wednesday evening my youngest son and I rehearsed his baptism; I walked him through the experience so when the “real” thing happened Sunday morning he would be ready and prepared. That’s what rehearsals are: walk through’s. We walk through the event a time or two so when the “real” event happens we are prepared and hopefully polished. Life itself isn’t that way, though.
Life is live all the time. I suppose the difference can be seen comparing movies to Broadway. Movies are long, slow, methodical events. From conception to presentation a movie is a thousand rehearsals, retakes, cut outs, ect. What we see on the big screen is only the best of the director’s vision. Broadway plays are quite different. Sure, they have planning and rehearsals, too, but once the curtain goes up it’s live. Like life. Jobs aren’t rehearsals. Marriages aren’t rehearsals. School isn’t a rehearsal. Relationships aren’t rehearsals. The curtain goes up on life at the beginning and it’s live from there on.
There’s something about “live” life that is shocking. When you make a mess you have to clean it up right now or live with it. When you have a success it’s shocking how quickly it fades into the past. Life just goes on, cameras rolling, every day. It is said that the best professional athletes are the ones who can slow the game down in their mind while the speed of the game is happening all around them. Whatever it takes for you, this moment is happening.
* Notice what’s happening in your life right now; be honest with yourself.
* Make your adjustments or corrections in real time; be courageous.
* Value, appreciate and make something of the time right now; be smart.
Keep moving in the directions of your choice but whatever you do, don’t waste time. You only have so much and you won’t get any back. Life is live all the time. Have a wonderful week!