Be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit
I can’t claim that for my own—it’s Albert Schweitzer’s, but I was thinking about it today after I got off the phone with my BFF and my Aunt.
I have been soo busy (though not that busy that I won’t stop and take the time to be grateful at 2:30 pm!!!!) but busy enough that I really don’t feel that I have time to do anything but work. Being grateful to have a job, and be able to spend a good part of my time creating films that deal with the social justice issues I care about, is already a lot to be thankful for. But it is all time-consuming. Working on titles, the music, dealing with lawyers, rights, E & O insurance, roughcut, audio mixes, color correction, trailers, and a partridge in a pear tree, make it hard to do anything else. And then dealing with schedules and grading, and FB pages, and marketing—where is the time for good books and friends? I seem to continually push them down my list of priorities, thinking that “I’ll call tomorrow” or “Just let me finish this project” and then I’ll call. But the truth is, it’s tiring to do without friends. And there’s always going to be another project.
So I picked up the phone, called my BFF to discuss the stuffing in the turducken we’re going to have for Thanksgiving, then called my Aunt, who is like the dessert of every good meal: sweet– but not overly; interesting; a bit decadent; and totally worth every calorie—or, in this case, every precious minute. I was reminded of Schweitzer, but having my higher education in theatre, I can’t help but think of Tennessee Williams as well, “Friends are God’s way of apologizing to us for our families.” I now have some pep back in my step. Grateful.