Monday Moments: Be Kind

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It’s not about winning its about finishing the race! Lift someone up today!

Kind Moment

Who: Derek Redmond, record holder and medal winner anticipated to achieve an Olympic medal for Great Britain and Jim Redmond -his loving father

When: 1992 Barcelona Olympics 400 meters semi-final

What: Derek snapped his hamstring during an Olympic race and struggled with a limp to continue on and finish a full lap around the track to receive a standing ovation from the crowd.

How: His father broke through security to help finish the race side by side. He drew up alongside Derek in his son’s moment of hurtful pain.

Why: Because kindness matters, because of love and strength of relationships

Happy Monday!

Tap Into a Sunny Outlook: 42nd Street

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In the musical 42nd Street’s National Tour, Peggy Sawyer (Caitlin Ehlinger) maintained her bright positive attitude and willingness to go after her dream with tenacity and joy! When someone was a naysayer and acted in cynicism to discourage, Peggy was the refreshing light who was willing to love her job even in the chorus. She made a positive difference with what she was given, held onto her dream and her true friends even when she found stardom. Peggy won over those naysayers by being herself!

Be your own kind of Peggy at your workplace or life! Embrace who you are, go after your dreams, appreciate what you have and love those around you not for their status but for true friendship.

The company of 42nd Street featuring Caitlin Ehlinger as Peggy Sawyer
The company of 42nd Street featuring Caitlin Ehlinger as Peggy Sawyer

PEGGY: Miss Jones and Mr. Barry just invited everyone. Is something funny?

JULIAN MARSH: You are. Eyes shining like a kid at Christmas, dreaming of parties and opening nights, the tinsel and glitter of musical comedy. Just look at yourself – a speck of dust on this stage, indistinguishable from the forty other specks of dust I put there!

PEGGY: I know that, Mr. Marsh. But put all those specks together, you have something alive and beautiful that can reach out to a thousand people we’ve never seen before.

JULIAN MARSH: Broadways dreams, Sawyer! We’ve all have ‘em!

PEGGY: Well, I mean to hold on to mine, Mr. Marsh!

It was a joy to watch the production at Segerstrom Center for the Arts! Thank you to the cast and creative team for bringing shining positivity!  I love Caitlin Ehlinger’s performance as Peggy Sawyer with her energetic tapping and beaming smile that lights up the stage!  Check the website for more tour information!

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Cathy Rigby and Discovery Arts

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” –J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

One of the things that inspires me the most is to see people using their abilities and experiences to make a positive difference in the world.  Cathy Rigby, Olympic legend, Tony award nominee, producer, director, and spokesperson for Discovery Arts is one such person.

Rigby took on the iconic role of Peter Pan who represents “youth, joy and liberty” back in 1974 and filmed a recording of the on stage performance that was released in 2000.  Whenever I was sick or needed a burst of inspiration I would watch the video of Rigby zooming across the stage making the flying look effortless.  Watch the recording here.

At the age of sixty the flying and acrobatic tricks are just as mesmerizing.  Rigby revived the production and I had the pleasure to see it live at her home theater, La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, in June and at the Pantages in January.  Currently, the production continues on its tour with Rigby bringing merriment and pixie dust wherever she goes.

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However, it is just not merriment or pixie dust that she brings but her giving heart.  After the end of her performance at the Pantages she graciously gave up her time to sign posters with proceeds going to Discovery Arts, take pictures and do a short meet and greet in costume.

Discovery Arts, a 501(c)(3)non-profit, focuses on giving hospital treated children a chance to experience joy and healing through the arts.  The organization understands the potential loss of hope, physical abilities and social interaction for a child battling a critical illness whether it is cancer or a blood disorder.  The appropriately named “Arts Adventures” illuminates the power of releasing creativity in a safe environment.  All programs partnered with hospitals are free of charge.

Whenever I am down, I love how the performing art is my imaginative escape where anything is possible.  Rigby and Discovery Arts have tapped into the magic that I know artists and anyone who loves stories can relate to.  For more information about Discovery Arts and how you can get involved please visit their website.

http://www.discoveryarts.org/

Thank you Cathy Rigby for being a shining inspiration!