On Monday, Turner and I went to see Mesa Community College's production of The Drowsy Chaperone. And it was hilarious!
The basic setup of the show, is you're in this guys house with him, and he walks you through one of his all time favorite musicals. As he does, the show begins to happen in his little apartment. It's pretty funny when the record skips, or the power goes out. the Man in the Chair is your host, and he gets completely lost in the music and story.
The guy who plays the Man in the Chair is also a really cool guy. His name is Jere, and I have to give a plug to his wife for her awesome bloggy skills. I LOVE reading her blog. Check it out here.
If you're going to be in or around the Mesa, AZ area on Friday or Saturday, you really should get tickets and go see it. (Click on this link to buy tickets.)
If you're not able to go see it, you can look up some of the cool musical numbers on YouTube. They'll be good, but they won't be this cast.
Most of the time, I go to shows like this just to relax and have a good time. And this was no different. But as we were driving home, Turner made in interesting point. In the show, the Man in the Chair takes little moments here and there to explain why he loves listening to musicals. He feels that it takes him away from reality for a while, and he gets to be immersed in a world where everything turns out right. He rants a little about his failed marriage, and how his apartment is so small, and his parent's weren't perfect, but listening to musicals makes him feel like something is right in the world.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that having a "mode of escape" can be a good thing. A release from the every-day-monotony can be refreshing, and allow one to refocus on the important things. Turners comment was this: he said that there are a lot of people like the Man in the Chair. Some people who are just not happy with their reality. But instead of taking a small break to regain composure and then jumping back in, sometimes they lose it, turning to other things to "get away from it all". Those things could be musicals, books, movies, drugs, pornography, and so many other things.
It just got me thinking. We really need to be careful to recognize the good in our reality. As nice as a fantasy world might be, reality is real. I love mine! It's not perfect, but there is always something for which to be grateful. And I've learned that the more grateful I am for the many things in my life, the more I'll be blessed with things to be grateful for. Does that make sense? If I can learn to be grateful for my one-bedroom apartment, then I'll be blessed with a "more bedrooms" apartment to be grateful for (that's a weird example, but it's true).
Anyway, food for thought... are you grateful for your reality? Do you escape too often? If so, is there something you can let go of to regain your grip of gratitude on the most important things?
Thanks for traveling,
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