If you haven’t seen the film Cabaret, stop reading this newsletter, go out immediately and rent it, get home, tell your family you don’t want to be disturbed, put it on, seat in a cozy chair and be prepared for a great trip.
Besides being beautiful and entertaining, it is deeply profound. I will not tell you the story; only that the stories revolve around a cabaret in Berlin, during the 1930’s just before the Nazis take control of Germany.
In the beginning, the MC says that it doesn’t matter if it is cold and ugly outside; inside the cabaret, everything is warm and beautiful (“even the orchestra is beautiful”) and the time you spend in it is not a waste, for it will make you forget your harsh pre-war reality. And so the show begins.
The story has many twists and turns (some quite controversial) as the plot develops and at the end, our heroine, Sally Bowles sings the title song, “Cabaret.” This song makes an analogy of life being a cabaret; there is no time to lose moping around and being alone. One must come to the cabaret and enjoy music and life.
So you may ask, “Yes?” So what? The idea is to have you think about your own life and how you live it. So here is a series of questions for you to ponder about and decide what is worth keeping and what must go, and, more important, whom to keep and whom to let go.
Do you wake up and immediately give thanks for your life? Or do you wake up and immediately say to yourself: “Oh, no! Not another day!”
Do you look at the people you meet everyday and feel blessed that they are traveling with you through life or you just hate to see them and put up with it because you see no other solution? Do you see your life partner and feel a glow of love towards them or you look at them and ask yourself: “What on earth am I doing with this person? I hate his/her guts!”
Do you think about your family and you like to remember the grand times you spend together and the food you share, and the smiles on their faces or the things you remember are the arguments and ill feelings towards them?
Do you think about your work and you smile thinking how good it is to give your contribution to society in a most perfect way? Does your work look like a lot of fun? Do you perform your tasks with joy? Or do you think how longer it will take for you to find something better that is not so boring and not so exploitative of your time and talents?
Do you think about money and start dreaming about all the good things you can do with it, fulfilling your dreams and giving it to the people and the causes you love? Or do you think about money and remember all your debts and how you hate to pay your bills and how much you lack in life?
And the list of questions goes on and on. You can make up your own. Every situation you see yourself in, think: “How do I feel about this?” Does the answer make you smile or make you frown?
And then you ask yourself: “Does my life feel like I am in a cabaret with beautiful music, entertainment, good company, joy, and laughter or does it look like I am in a spot under the bridge where I need to keep close to the barrel fire so that I can keep myself warm?”
If your answer is the first, you know that the better it gets, the better it gets. If, on the other hand, your answer is the latter, what are you going to do to change it?
It is up to you to decide.