Today I will embrace my inner musical theatre performer - inner because I don't really sing, except in the car, in the shower and after several pear martinis at Karaoke - and I don't dance, except after the aforementioned pear martinis. The quote below was a monologue I used to get into a theatre graduate program years ago, but over the years, it has become more and more meaningful s my dreams continue to grow. In "Man of La Mancha", when the Inquisition accuses Miguel Cervantes of being a dreamer and not seeing life as it is, he responds:

I've been a soldier and a slave. I've seen my comrades fall in battle or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I've held them in my arms at the final moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no brave last words, only their eyes, filled with confusion, questioning "Why?" I don't think they were wondering why they were dying, but why they had ever lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? To surrender dreams - -this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! But maddest of all - -to see life as it is and not as it should be.

I challenge each person who reads this to do one thing this week to see life as it should be and do one thing to make it so.

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