You Get to Choose How You Respond

So…. Many… Emails…. !!!!


You probably know by now that I’m producing a feature film this year, Heat of Deeds. It’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that I’m shooting with my best friend and favorite collaborator of all time, Brooke Bishop. Since we’re shooting in September, that means that right now I’m in pre-production.


If you don’t know what that is, let me paint you a picture with questions: Who is your insurance carrier? Will you need plates with your catering, and how many people are gluten-free? Is there any extra money in the budget for _______ ? How many extras will be on set at 9 am? Who’s going to keep track of costume and prop continuity? Etc., etc., etc.


(this is my favorite picture from Volcano National Park…)

There’s just a sampling. When I see all these emails in my inbox, my programmed response is, “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I probably should go do my laundry…” and leave the room. But recently, I’ve been trying something new – something a little more conscious. I realized that everything still seems to get done, even when I don’t freak out about it. In fact, when I take deep breaths and remember that this state of craziness will mostly likely only last for 5 more weeks, I also remember that I wanted this. I invited this into my life, and now I have the opportunity to enjoy it!


So, here’s the challenge: how do you relate to crazy-making things coming into your life? Do you love them, or do you run away from them (or do you hit them with a stick)?