Last night's rehearsal of Witness For the Prosecution went well. The cast is talented and the director is good. If a director just lets me act without getting in the way, then I'm happy. The play is a tightly-plotted courtroom melodrama that keeps you guessing whodunnit and then throws in some wild plot twists at the end -- exactly what you would expect from Agatha Christie. It is rewarding to work with a group of committed actors to create a work of art.
I'm posting this because I am all too often negative on this blog and I want to make an effort to celebrate my values more. As Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." Being passionate about one's values is, like excellence, a trait that grows stronger by doing the act. In an ominous time, such as the current age, one has to make the extra effort to love life.