Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Real courage

Real courage is moving forward when the outcome is uncertain.

I got that in a fortune cookie a long time ago. I liked it, so I saved it. I keep reading it and today it hit me like a ton of bricks. It's my freaking life!

I'm directing the play "Charley's Aunt" this year. Dress rehearsal is Sunday and half my cast don't know their lines. Yes, we've been practicing twice a week since January. You might think they're lazy. Maybe a little, but let's have a little recap here. My lead, a man who begins the play as a man, changes into a woman, and then ends up a man again, is celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary on Friday. Ya, he's probably 80 years old. My leading lady, Donna Lucia D'Alverez if you please, is pushing 70 I'm sure. Did I mention that half way through our rehearsals she realized she won't be here for the last night of the play?? The man playing Charley has 2 bad knees and a bad hip and can't move without aid. I've had to rework the play so he's sitting the whole entire time. If that wasn't fun I don't know what is! I've got 2 people that know their lines. One of them just knocked out his front tooth and is having a root canal this morning. Just to add to his fun, they're putting in a peg and giving him a crown. Kind of like the cherry on the sundae ya know? The only other person that can act, and sort of knows her lines, is the woman that is going to be the lead on Friday night! I live for Friday! Hell I should write all this down and it could be our comedy for next year!!

I was laying in bed this morning weighing my options. The French Foreign Legion is looking better and better. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could just run away when problems occurred? Let someone else deal with them and just pop back into the play when they're all taken care of?

We can't do that in life. We're grown ups. We must face our problems, deal with them, and move on. Sound a lot like our weight loss journeys? It does to me.

I know I've had weeks when I've eaten everything that doesn't move. I'm having one right now. Do I just chuck it in? Quit ever hoping to reach my weight loss goal? Sometimes I do. Not every time though. Eventually I get hold of myself and get back on track.


I always have and I always will.

I must push on never knowing the true outcome. Sometimes I think I'd like a sneak peak at the end. Am I under 200 pounds? Nah, it just wouldn't be as much fun if I knew the ending.

Today when I go to practice at 10AM, I'm going to recite this quote to my cast. I'm going to tell them there's no option but to push on, show real courage.

We all do that every day. We don't know if all our healthy eating, our exercise, will pay off on weigh in day. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.

Real courage is moving forward when the outcome is uncertain.

Onward my friends.



  1. Good luck with the play! I liked your cookie fortune! :)

  2. I like it Debbie, I need to remember that too!!!! Would it be inappropriate to wish the cast all "break a leg"? I mean, isn't that the appropriate way to wish someone in a play good luck? Considering the ages of the cast...hmmm. I wish you well!! LOL

  3. You have the patience of a saint to put up with what you do - I imagine I would get impatient with them, like I do with little people!!!
    Am sure they going to make you proud. How about taking some photo's of them to share with us all.

    Agree that fortune cookie saying could easily be a light bulb moment.

  4. You deserve a medal for bravery for soldiering on with the play. But my guess it that, whatever the problems, the audience will arrive expecting to enjoy it - - and they WILL.

  5. I want to see this play! I think it might be the best I have seen in a long time. I love your quote. I hope everything goes well for you!

  6. onward indeed.

    lol goodluck with the play!

  7. Thanks girl! I needed that! You're awesome!

  8. Yikes, I'm questioning whether or not to say "break a leg" too, under the circumstances!

    I do like that definition of courage, though.

  9. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your blog! I am a fan of all things WW. Don't know ya, but I have a feeling you might appreciate my "Vintage WW Blog".

    Hope you'll check it out!

    Good luck!

  10. WELL SAID!! Where's the fun if you know what the outcome is gonna be already? You might be travelling to Mars in 2 years and I might become a professional poker (or mahjong) player. Okay that was totally out of the blue. but seriously, where's the fun if you know the outcome already? ;)