I am a huge fan of The Moth. If you have not heard of this remarkable organization, check out their podcast and hear some amazing “true stories told live” without notes. It has been a dream of mine at attend a show (and perhaps perform), so when I heard they would be hosting an event in Santa Monica last Wednesday night, I knew I just HAD to go. The theme for the evening was FAME, and anyone who wished to tell a five minute story on that subject matter could fill out a form, put it in a bag, and hope they would be one of the ten names randomly selected to perform.
As I waited in the audience, I just knew I would be selected. I had a great story to tell, but it was so much more than just a story; this event had changed the course of my life and opened a new perspective for me and my work. As I sat there waiting for my name to be chosen, I felt giddy that the universe was in ca-hoots with my BIG PLAN. Suddenly, I stopped my reverie and considered the possibility that I wouldn’t be selected. Hmmmmmm….What then?
Then it hit me. It didn’t matter. I came. I made the intention to share. If it wasn’t going to be on that stage, then I would find another way, it was as simple as that. I wasn’t going to be ruled by external circumstances and the random luck of the draw. I would simply roll with what life offered me and make the best of it. As the evening progressed, and I had not yet been selected, I found myself delighting in the simple fact that I showed up. I stepped up and took a chance, and at the end of the day, I celebrated the significance of that perspective. I would not (and should not) be attached to the results.
It didn’t happen. At least, not how I thought it would. On the car ride home, I turned on my digital recorder, and told my story. An audience comes in many shapes and sizes…and now it is my sincere pleasure to tell my tale to you.