Have I told you about the first time I ran a teleprompter?

I’ve been working at PBS for almost 2 years now. When I first came on board, I was hired in the Promotions department to tag promo spots. I did (and still do) production work when it came around, with pledge events, local shows, and certain live broadcasts (for instance right now, the election has provided us with countless production opportunities).

This was about a year ago, I was working a program called “Celebrate America” where we bring High School choirs from around the state to showcase their patriotism and talent. After the day was over, they had to film one last blurb from the figurehead of the production, a renown composer and music director.
The person who had been running teleprompter had already left for the day and they asked me, “Do you know how to run a teleprompter?”

I stammered something about watching it on an obscure tv show once and then said a little more bravely, “Yes, I mean I can figure it out. I know how it works.”

It didn’t take the crew very long to figure out that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. It’s a tricky piece of technology! You have to get the feel for the motion of it and follow the person reading it, not the other way around. Finally after screwing it up more than I care to count, someone asked me, “I thought you said you knew how to do this, haven’t you done this before?”

I shrugged and commented, “Well, I can say I’ve done it now.”

In certain places and certain times, this could easily have gotten me fired. In my situation, it was the end of the day, it was not live, and it was about a 5 minute speech, so the stakes weren’t very high. If it had been live on FOX during the Superbowl, and the teleprompter person needed a replacement, I would most likely not have been the brave soul to step up to the plate. But in this case, it was a great learning experience.

It is important to acknowledge opportunities that the Universe hands us. Some opportunities aren’t mean to be taken. I had an opportunity to go to Italy this past summer. After much discernment, I concluded it was not a financially responsible thing to do, but what came out of it is that I know I want to go to Italy with my boyfriend one day, where we can voyage together. I also had the opportunity to drop my life in the South, and move everything to Montana 2 years ago. Best thing that ever happened to me.

They don’t have views like this in the South…

So how should we discern which opportunities to take and which to let pass? As a Christian, I must fiercely trust that God is weaving an elaborate tapestry. Every decision I make is through Him, well, okay, ideally. And even though it may seem that an opportunity is knocking at your door with all the right intentions, sometimes the timing just isn’t there. I promise that not every opportunity is meant to pan out, but those that do can be fantastic and radiant, if for the right intentions and timing.

So this weekend, I encourage you to walk with your Higher Power as you make decisions. We are not meant to walk alone on this earth.



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