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My Coat of Many Colors!

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In my last blog, I talked about how I had so many things happening in my life, that I couldn’t give enough focus and attention to all the important things, and then need to let go of a few things.

Why am I not surprised that this time, I’m talking about taking on another adventure?????

Well last week, I started rehearsals for Sun Prairie Civic Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat. Now I know you’re probably thinking, ARE YOU CRAZY? You just told us that you needed to let go of some things so that you could focus on what was really important. What are you doing? Well… stay with me here. Hopefully I won’t sound like a complete and utter hypocrite.

You see, the funny thing was, when I started taking away all these things, I realized I was asking myself: WELL….NOW WHAT?! Now that you’ve cleared the space to focus, what is it you’re going to focus on. One of the greatest things was just having more time to spend with Gabe and Maddie. And in just a few weeks, I could see what an amazing thing that was. I was so happy that we were together again, and I wasn’t off running around doing other projects, leaving Maddie and Gabe to their own devices. And even now, that’s just something I don’t want to ever give up. But believe it or not, there’s only so much to do when the three of us, together, have nothing to do. Yes, I know it sounds silly, but what’s the point of being together if you’re not doing something? I mean, come on. How many more things could we binge-watch on Netflix?

So when the opportunity came, Maddie and I went and auditioned for a show together. And we got it! So at the end of September, Maddie and I will be performing on stage together in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Even though we’ve only been in rehearsals for a couple weeks now, Joseph is a show I’ve been captivated by for a long time. And as we’ve been working through the show, I started to wonder what it is about this show that makes it so popular? And what is it about this show that makes it so special to me?

The show, while taking a lot of “artistic license”, follows the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors from the book of Genesis. And throughout the story, Joseph’s life is hit with one amazing turn after another. His brothers, jealous of the attention he receives from his father, fake Joseph’s death and sell him into slavery. He’s made leader of the house of Potiphar, only to be seduced by his wife and then placed in jail for many years. Joseph’s ability to read dreams catches the eye of the Pharaoh. And when Joseph helps Egypt thrive through seven years of famine, becomes second to Pharaoh. He’s finally reunited with his family, and learns a valuable lesson of forgiveness, love, and understanding. Joseph learns that what’s really important, isn’t a flashy coat or status, or even the ability to foresee the future. It’s those around him that are the most important.

I’m so blessed to be able to be a part of this incredible show. But I’m even more blessed to be able to do it with Maddie. To see her having so much fun in rehearsals and to be learning this incredible story is just beyond words.

So maybe I’m learning that it isn’t about how much or how little I’m doing that’s important. What’s really important is making everything I do count. Maybe if we all could look at the things we do, and see that whether it’s a lot or very little, if we’re doing it to the best of our ability and for the good of others, not just ourselves. Then that’s what’s really important. In life, we all wear many coats. Coats of many colors. And in life, each color plays an important role in making a beautiful rainbow!

I closed my eyes
Drew back the curtain
To see for certain
What I thought I knew
Far, far away
Someone was weeping
But the world was sleeping
Any dream will do
I wore my coat
With golden lining
Bright colors shining
Wonderful and new
And in the east
The dawn was breaking
And the world was waking
Any dream will do
A crash of drums
A flash of light
My golden coat
Flew out of sight
The colors faded into darkness
I was left alone
May I return
To the beginning?
The light is dimming
And the dream is too
The world and I
We are still waiting
Still hesitating
Any dream will do

Matt Starika-Jolivet

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