Worry for Gain
I’m going to wear my theatre cap right now. It is a remarkable challenge in dealing with local Bengalis (all nice people) who have been given technical responsibility to set up the stage arrangements. Is working with them a challenge? Challenge #1 They know no English. Challenge #2 is their old equipment, worked into the ground – so to speak. Challenge #3 is that they may get things done; on their own time (Perhaps that has something to do with hot weather). Challenge #4 is that they are used to doing things in their own way. Our dress rehearsal was disastrous from the technical side.
These hurdles caused a bit of rough sleep last night. I was anxious, to say the least, right up to the last moment before show-time.
It becomes an impetus to develop your faith in the Sublime. You convince yourself that you did the best you could. So what happened is the technical crew actually felt our sense of urgency, and that we were going to settle for nothing less than pakha (perfect) arrangements.
The lights went up for the stage. The lights were lowered for the green rooms. My hands-on technical personnel, Nick and Mandala, were moving things along. Actors for the play, ‘Krishna Is’ were ready. Manoram, the magician opened the show and all went as pakha as it could possibly be.
The crowd of one-thousand-plus was very pleased. The worry paid off. I say that because the opposite extreme – over-confidence – never helps you win the game.
May the Source be with you!