I was just watching a You Tube video of Bea Arthur’s last performance. I thought perhaps it was going to be a recap of one of her broadway shows or a tune of some sort. Instead she is reciting some “Key Pages” of Pamela Anderson’s book.
Her comedic timing, finely tuned sarcasm and eloquent approach were all a perfect combination. That, and there are certain words you never expected Bea Arthur to say!!!!
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tne3lcEXZyk&feature=colike
As I watched her read, knowing that was her last public performance, I thought to myself, performing was undoubtedly what she was meant to do, it was the essence of Bea Arthur. She always seemed to glide along the stage so naturally.
I love watching people doing what they are here to do, connecting to that source – it’s a spiritual moment. Regardless of your preference around religion, higher powers and all that, when you are around someone doing what they love you just know it, you tune into it. Its like tuning into a frequency and you can’t pull yourself away from. The soul starts to scream, “Give me more more more!!!”
I don’t think it’s as complicated as I originally thought… I used to be envious of people who just knew what they wanted to do with their life. “I’m going to be a teacher/ policeman/ pilot/ singer/ actress”. At school they were on such a clear path and I felt like I was floating along not knowing what the heck I was going to do.
There are no mistakes… you see, I wasn’t ready at that point. I had some life lessons to learn, I had some travelling to do, I had some people to meet so that when I got that light bulb moment I knew, unequivocally, what it was and to go for it no matter what.
That’s not to say that there aren’t some road blocks in the way but that’s all part of it, isn’t it? It’s that journey people keep talking about that holds the depth of our experiences.
I ask myself most days, (especially the days when I’m struggling) “What’s my legacy going to be? Is what I’m doing right now a part of that?” And if it isn’t… I steer off into the other direction.
What comes to you naturally? What can you do “with your eyes closed”? What is it that you do that requires no external motivators?