Taking Risks

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Good morning, everyone!  Hope you all had great weekends!  Last night was my favorite Sunday of the year – the one night when I park myself on the couch with a bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies (only the finest) and watch the Tony Awards!  I was in tears by the end of the opening number and didn’t really recover until Neil Patrick Harris made out with the dog from Annie (which would sober anyone up).

For me, the Tony’s capture all the best things about the human spirit in one big tv spectacle – art, hope, and hard work – and it’s that last bit that got me thinking about how much of great theater, and life, is about risk (and also going home with shiny objects for your trophy shelf).

Check out this short (3-minute) video, “A Life Well-Lived,” about Jim Whittaker, who believes that taking chances is what makes us better.  He was the first American to risk the climb up Mt. Everest and to reach the peak in 1963.  He says, “If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

So here’s your Monday morning kick in the pants to get out there and show ‘em what’s what!

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