* * * DISCLAIMER: After writing this post, I went back and re-read it before posting. This post is filled with sappy emotion and a-ha moments. If this is not your jam, be advised to look away. This has been a warning of the emergency emotional network. * * *
What a weekend this was. A busy weekend away from my family, where dad is in charge. It's hard to do that--when you're essentially the stay at home parent, going away for any length of time is daunting and takes some effort. But holy crap, what a weekend it was.
All weekend long, I was reminded over and over that being who you are matters. That being the best version of yourself matters. To quote Aibileen in The Help, it was as though the universe was telling me: ... You is kind ... you is smart ... you is important.
And it was the exact right message at the exact right time.
I was reminded, again and again, that when we are true to who we are, that's when great things happen. When we listen to your hearts and guts and not just our heads. When we try to be real and connect. I learned that when we make choices true to who we are, they make an impact.
I critiqued several submissions and put my beliefs about editing to the test--that idea of respect and trust. I hope I accomplished this. I've been on the receiving end of harsh criticism that was broad and aggressive, and as a result of it, I've pouted, ranted, said a lot of swear words, drank a little bourbon and then forgave the person who was rude to me. Because that's not who I am. Critiques--even the critical ones--can be couched in respect. Because it matters.
At the end of a long, emotional weekend, I went to see the Oklahoma City Listen to your Mother show, and it was incredibly uplifting and emotional. I joked with the cast members that I didn't want them to be as good as our show was last year, but they were. The show was incredible, and having only experienced it from the stage, it was even more amazing to experience it from the audience. OKC is lucky enough to have a group of producers who go above and beyond just by being themselves; they create magic.
* * * We now return you to your regularly sarcastic programming. * * *