This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go see a play with my friend Kaylene. Another friend, Julie, was playing Clairee in the theatre production of Steel Magnolias. In case you haven’t seen the film, starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and many others, this story circulates around the community of six women, bonded by history, pain, laughter, and love. Robert Harling, brother to Susan (the character of Shelby) wrote this production in 10 days as a way of dealing with his sister’s death. It was an off-Broadway hit and in 1989, it became a hit film too.
When the play was over, Kaylene commented, “Even though it’s a secular play, there’s so many good reminders from their story.” For sure there are! Here’s what I walked away with:
- Appreciate those around you: friends, spouses, family. You aren’t promised another day and each one is precious. Prioritize time with them. Don’t underestimating the power of “showing up.”
- You are stronger than you realize, but you do need others too. We were made to live in community and support one another through the good and the bad.
- Stand up for yourself and stick together.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. Let others be, and feel the freedom to be yourself too. God created beauty in our uniqueness.
- Don’t hold a grudge. Be gracious or you get cynical and crotchety, making yourself miserable. 🙂
- When life is the pits, cry with one another, but don’t be afraid to help bring back the joy too.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller