My daily mundane has been anything but...well...mundane the past few days.
I was so fortunate to be part of a three day training session with the
New York division of Disney Theatrical management and teaching artist team.
It was held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County who is partnering with
The Disney Company for this auspicious program.
Eight of us incredibly fortunate teaching artists are rolling out the
first ever Disney Musicals in Schools
held in California starting in a week.
(It debuted in NYC a few years ago and is currently in only three other cities in the country.)
It was an inspiring, creative few days.
Overwhelming & exhausting.
But so enriching.
Worth every moment!
As the training commenced and continued, I was constantly reminded of the lessons I find and have found in work situations, no matter how not ordinary they happen to be.
I thought before I button up this three day event and turn the light out on my fatigue, I would share the top three lessons that hit me. I considered expanding upon them relative to this particular work event, but upon further examination, I concluded that I should just
let the lessons be the lessons. That way, you can read them - then breathe them - into your own life and experiences. I think, perhaps, they'll be of more help to each reader that way.
So without further ado...
#1: Say yes even when (and maybe especially when) you're scared.
#2: Listen more than you speak (I'm sure you can discern that THIS is the lesson I am still trying, all these many years later, to learn. Argh.)
#3: Appreciate the value and knowledge every other person has to bring to work - even if you could go into it possibly feelin' like, "yeah, I'm good...I know that" or "Lordy be, am I the oldest person in the room?!?!" or "ummmmm, I've been doing this for 25 years." (I learned SOOOOOO much these past few days. Terribly, intensely grateful for that.)
It was a beauty and a privilege.
Thank you, Jesus, for new experiences, new friends and colleagues, new work.
And thank You, Lord, for pushin' me to work it!
Photo credit: Sean MacEntee on flickr