Living Like We’re On Broadway
Life doesn’t imitate art; it imitates bad television.
~ Woody Allen ~
It was Oscar Wilde (in his essay “The Decay of Lying”) who famously wrote: “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. After viewing “The 71st Annual Tony Awards” last Sunday, we feel a certain longing that Wilde’s quote be really true. For us, the Tony Awards dramatically (pun intended) illustrate that it would be a good thing if life aligned itself more closely with the arts these days.
At the end of the show, we looked at each other, smiled, and almost simultaneously exclaimed, “Thanks, we needed that!” (or words to that effect). The show was totally upbeat, a positive display of enthusiasm and passion. It was clear that all concerned — presenters, winners and losers, and the audience — were in a complete consciousness of joyous celebration of their profession.
It was Big Love in action. We thought of Big Love’s “Five Heartbeats” — specifically of Co-Creation and Oneness. Each and every award recipient selflessly acknowledged and expressed appreciation for their co-collaborators and teams — often recognizing the work of their competitors as well.
OK — maybe because most were actors, their acceptance speeches may be more polished that others we’ve seen. But, they seemed quite sincere and genuine to us. It just felt like Radio City Music Hall was filled with — and radiating — a deep sense of Broadway as a unified (and mutually respectful) whole. Given the presence of divisive partisanship in so many corners of today’s world, it felt like a breath of fresh air.
Couldn’t we add a dab of that type of artistry to life, right now?
Another theme we noticed relates to passion — specifically of those who gave thanks as they acclaimed their gratitude for doing the work that they loved to do. That was explicitly stated by many of the winners. Others conveyed that through the energy and enthusiasm of their performances. It was infectious.
Perhaps the most striking moments in this vein, however, was when the playwrights described their artistic efforts in authoring their nominated plays. They transcended the description of their scripts, leading us into the depth of their conviction about their subject matter.
Wouldn’t it be nice if more real-life stories laced with dedicated passion came to the fore these days?
Then there was the subject matter — the content — of the nominated dramas and musicals. One (“Come From Away”) told the story of a town of 9000 people in Newfoundland helping 7000 passengers stranded during 9/11. Another (“Oslo”) dramatized the behind the scenes humanity of the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Peace talks known as the “Oslo Accords”. “Dear Evan Hansen” addressed the psycho-social pain of feeling isolated and estranged. And, “Bandstand” related the story of WWII veterans dealing with issues related to the transition from military to civilian life. And there were more, including social issues related to LGBTQs (“Indecent”) and racism (“Jitney”).
Here Broadway artists are courageously taking on “sensitive” or “controversial” stories — unhesitatingly, head-on. How refreshing it is to see that — especially when so many issues are being ignored, bogged down in contentious debates, or basically in a state of suspended animation. Best of all, it appears that Broadway brings these forth with positivity — calling us to a higher state of being — and unabashed enthusiasm.
How refreshing would it be if life were characterized more by focusing on caring solutions and finding common ground — instead of being stalemated in pure political polemics?
There are so many Nitty-Gritty issues that need attention. We need to remember and reclaim our own Wholeness and access the Wisdom within. It’s time to get over the melodramas (especially in DC) and follow the example that Broadway shared with us on Sunday night. Maybe if there were some political categories added to the Tonys the best actors in that field around the country would rise to the occasion.
If so, perhaps life might cease to imitate bad TV. And perhaps — just maybe — if we all began performing as if we were on Broadway, we’d remember that “The Show Must Go On!” — and all of us would start getting our own acts more together!
Olivia & Steve
It’s Your Turn!
Our experience of viewing the Tony Awards telecast could be described as connecting with the sacred in an everyday type of experience, in this case a television show. You may have noted how we identified instances of each of Big Love’s “Five Heartbeats” (Wisdom, Wholeness, Oneness, Co-Creation, and Nitty-Gritty) as in what we saw.
Tuning in this way helps us to maintain a spirit-filled consciousness. As we do, we feel uplifted. Here’s a “mission” for you (if you choose to accept it): Think of a recent experience in your life. As you reflect on it, can you identify “The Five Heartbeats” within? If so, are you feelings changed about it? How so?
If you’re willing, please share your responses in the comment section under this blogpost as it appears on the Big Love Community Facebook page.
Big Love News:
We’ve started exploring possible ways to bring Big Love to life as a community here in San Diego. Currently, we’re in dialogue with the leader of The Global Heart Sanctuary, a holistic center currently focused mainly on healing body, mind, and spirit. Our belief is that Big Love and The Global Heart Sanctuary may be perfectly complementary and synergistic. Join us in holding the highest possible outcome for our mutual exploration of this as a possibility! (Thank you for your loving support!)
If there are topics you’d like us to address, please send us an email from our “Contact Us” web page.