Theresa and I have been binge watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime.
Miriam Maisel is an Upper West Side housewife and mother of two.
She’s introduced to the world of stand up comedy as her husband does occasional routines at a dive club downtown.
Mrs. Maisel befriends the club’s manager in order get her husband stage time to do his act. Additionally, she takes notes and becomes a student of the craft of comedy.
Blindsided, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is handed a devastating setback as her husband leaves for his office secretary.
One night, in a drunken state, she takes the stage uninvited and proceeds to lampoon her current situation and disintegrating marriage.
The audience loved it!
Her new friend, the manager of the club, took notice and our unexpected heroine begins the journey of putting her life back together and pursuing stand up comedy as a craft.
Watching her pursue the art of comedy is fascinating. The parallels to our own lives are profound.
First, she discovers her purpose, then she dedicates time and energy sharing it with the world.
Unfortunately, not everyone pursues their purpose.
There are two types of people in the world, those who talk and those who do.
Talkers versus Doers.
In the case of Mrs. Maisel, she must go on stage nightly in order to improve her craft. She must endure hecklers, mistimed jokes, bad microphones. Some nights, you’re just off and you’re not funny. You try new things and they fall flat. Night, after night, after night.
Mrs. Maisel is a doer. Taking action.
Talkers on the other hand, well, you know what they say, talk is cheap.
Talkers are what I like to call the backbenchers. The critics. The hecklers. The type who will hassle the comic on stage, but never have the guts to get on stage themselves. Never brave enough try. Never brave enough to fail. Worried about what someone might say. Never brave enough to discover their own purpose. Never brave enough to share.
Talkers are voyeurs, watching the world go by instead of participating. Blaming the politicians, instead of taking action. Complaining about the way things are, instead of contributing and leading us to a new way.
Talkers watch. Doers lead.
Talkers complain. Doers roll up their sleeves.
Talkers blame. Doers encourage.
Talkers scoff. Doers inspire.
We’re not all comedians, or actors, or athletes, no most of us don’t get on a literal stage, but we all HAVE a stage. A platform, a cause, a mission, a purpose.
Doers find that stage and perform.
Doers like Kristen Klein who I interviewed on Episode 118 of the Loveland Advice Givers podcast. Do yourself a favor and listen, her story will inspire you. Check it out on Stitcher.com or on iTunes. (Search for Ron Adams)
Finally, If you like to laugh, and you like music, and you like a good story, I could not recommend more highly, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Podcast music by Akira the Don with permission.