Trying on optimism –

I am not naturally an optimistic person. Yes, there are probably reasons, and yes a good therapist could probably help me tackle them. Be that as it may, I am trying to think more like an optimist today.

One of the jobs I applied for I have not yet heard anything from them. Not even a “Thanks for your application we’ll keep it on file”. But it’s only been a couple of days since I dropped the app off so . . . I wait!

There was a second job I had grabbed an application for that recently posted. E-mailed the superintendent with some questions and got a response along the lines of “there might not be a job after all because we might share a teacher with another school district”. Huh. Okay. Moving on.

If I need to feel positive about how something in my life is going, I need look no further than the performing arts. Our church is sponsoring a Youth Theater program this summer called Take 2 Summer Youth Theater. The goal is to produce two musicals – one with a Junior High cast and one with Senior High performers. The Jr. High show – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – is currently in rehearsals and I am SOOOO proud of my kids! They are doing a tremendous job getting the show ready for an audience. I have a crazy supportive mom of a couple cast members who has been my right arm through it all – rounding up costumes, getting the posters designed, finding us free radio advertising – and I enjoy working with them.

As if that wasn’t enough, I auditioned for a show that a local theater company, Comedia Musica Players, will begin rehearsing in August (onstage in November) – Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. I LOVE this show. The role of the Witch has been on my list of “Dream roles I would love to play” for many years. I actually got the chance to direct it a few years back and was thrilled when I heard Comedia was doing it. Got the call last night – I’ll be playing the witch!!! I’m still in shock!!

Now if I could just find a way to turn all of this theater stuff into a paycheck . . .

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