By Shannon Boatwright
Don’t wait on the light at the end of the tunnel. Be the light.
Annually I have many events that require tons of planning, preparation, and hours upon hours of hard work that lead up to some sort of final big event. Just recently I successfully survived one of the biggest endeavors I’ve ever accomplished. I directed the Lexington Richland School District Five musical. My first time ever directing a production of this caliber with students across an entire school district. To say it was a huge job is an understatement. Fortunately, it was an enormous success and I am proud beyond words at the incredible final product and knowing that all of mine and my production team/cast/crew’s hard work paid off immensely. Most importantly, many young, precious minds were inspired and together we collaborated to create entertainment success. A priceless opportunity indeed.
During the process of working toward our success, many people would say to me, as they saw me in my exhausted states, “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, girl! You got this! It’ll be all over soon.” In fact, anytime I have a big project or production going on, very often I hear these sorts of statements about there being a light at the end of the tunnel.
This got me thinking. Yes, the process can be excruciating and yes, we definitely look forward to the end product finally coming to fruition and being checked off of our calendar. But aren’t we missing the point in a sense? It’s the process that creates the success, so if we only focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, then we’re neglecting the beauty of the process that takes place as we go through that tunnel. Had I not done my best work to direct and create confidence in my cast and cooperate and communicate with my production team and crew, then that supposed light at the end of the tunnel would’ve never been able to shine.
So I am making a conscious decision to attempt to Be the Light. I don’t want to just look ahead to the end, I want to make the best of the moment, seize the day and enjoy the process. That light doesn’t have to just be at the end of the tunnel. I can create it every step of the way.
So the next time you have something big on the horizon, will you only look towards the ending product, not living for the here and now? Or will you allow yourself to enjoy the process and shine along the way?
Don’t wait on the light at the end of the tunnel. Be the light!