Last night, my partner and I went downtown to Fair Park to see “Kinky Boots”. I had never heard much about the storyline, or the premise of the musical- so I went it hoping for the best 🙂
I found myself captivated, and overjoyed- it was simply amazing! Over the two hours of the show, I was moved- truly moved. At the risk of sounding cliché- I laughed, I cried. I have been reflecting on why the show moved me and stuck with me, and the truth of it is that my soul needed it. My soul has been hungry for a reminder of the good in the human condition. My soul needed to be reminded that there is acceptance in the world, that we are better together than we are apart.
In the effort to not spoil the show for anyone, I will simply say- go see it. But, without providing spoilers, the part that stuck with me is this. It is a motto for success- six steps. Easy and almost impossible all at the same time.
One: Pursue the truth
Two: Learn something new
Three: Accept yourself and you’ll accept others too!
Four: Let love shine
Five: Let pride be your guide
Six: Change the world when you change your mind!
I look at these and say “YES”…these steps urge us to see each other for the ways we are alike, instead of the ways we are in opposition. What would the world look like if we all pursued truth? If we took risk, and vulnerably tried something new. What would it be if we could accept ourselves, as perfectly imperfect, as beloved. And then, what if we extended that grace to others.
Let love shine. Amen and amen. Seriously- I am gonna need a t-shirt with those words. This may just be my new motto. Let it shine- it cost nothing- so spread it around. It is so much easier than casting darkness with hate.
Let pride be your guide…not hubris or arrogance. Pride- in who you are, in what you do. Pride in the purist sense of the word. Let it guide you to your passion, to the unmet need in the world that you have been created to fill.
And goodness my soul needed to be encouraged by the hope of changing the world by changing my mind- whatever it is in my that fosters division or fear- may my mind be changed. But it’s true, isn’t it? The world looks different when we change how we see it. When our perspective changes, things around us change- whether they have stayed the same or not- things are different. The challenge to myself is to change my perspective- to change my mind, and to then rejoice in the ways that the world looks different for the better.
I came away from this show deeply moved, and aware of how deeply my soul had missed connection, creativity, art, and some kickin’ music. My soul has been refreshed- and renewed- by acceptance, by the challenge to change what needs changing, and by the encouragement to be who I am meant to be. In the world today, this show felt like a breath of fresh air that I needed so desperately.
“Just be. Who you wanna be.
Never let them tell you who you oughta be.
Just be. With dignity.
Celebrate yourself triumphantly.”- Lola