After seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliant musical, Hamilton and listening (endlessly) to the score, his lyrics and music have been inspiring me on a daily basis.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the professional and personal activity of “taking a shot,” pursuing a dream or making the choice to change careers or jobs. In my work as an executive coach I often help people pursue new professional challenges using a performance-based approach. Many of my clients struggle to fulfill their potential and to see the myriad of possibilities that lie in front of them. We can easily become dispirited living in our turbulent and chaotic world and yet we can…
Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!
Learning to live in the moment means embracing the words that the Schuyler sisters sing:
History is happening.
And we are making history as we create our lives. We perform in ensembles – some of us perform on the Broadways stage in Hamilton, others perform in ensembles at the office or in our living rooms, but performers we are.
A wonderful thing about being human is that we can (and we must) learn from failure. We can play any scene over or with a new emotion or intention. We can always grow.
Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints,
it takes and it takes and it takes
and we keep living anyway,
we rise and we fall and we break
and we make our mistakes. and if there’s a reason I’m still alive
when so many have died,
then I’m willin’ to wait for it.
Don’t wait too long. Take Hamilton’s words to heart:
I’m not throwing away my shot!