Improv Wisdom

Improv Wisdom (2005) by Patricia Ryan Madson, begins and ends with a namaste to Keith Johnstone and his book Impro. From the Prologue:

... A good improviser is someone who is awake, not entirely self-focused, and moved by a desire to do something useful and give something back and who acts upon this impulse. ... [T]he password for joining the society of such people, play fearlessly, and to work with greater ease ... is yes! Understanding the power of yes is easy; practicing that acceptance and affirmation in daily life becomes our challenge. ...

... and a little later, describing "Improvisers":

... They are "'Yes' sayers. It is easy to be around these folks. They are can-do people. They have learned a way of working together on stage that commonly spills over into their daily lives. There is a spirit of cooperation. If I forget something, my colleagues cover for me. Everyone seems to say "thank you" often, and "I'm sorry" slips naturally off the tongue. We smile and laugh a lot. We rarely need committee meetings to decide things. We do stuff. We make mistakes, sometimes whoppers. We correct them or we capitalize on them. We notice how much others are doing for us. We have fun. We screw up; we apologize. We get on one another's nerves sometimes. We move on. We create life and art together. ...

... and a little earlier, the great question:

"What would you do
    if you knew
you would not fail?"

... Yes, and ...

^z - 2018-08-24