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Navigating Life

Written by: Julia Smolucha


By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

Unexpected events. Minor changes. Major failures. Life is full of these, but how do you cope? Funny you might ask. Have you considered using improvisation as performed at The Second City?

The fundamentals of taking what you are handed each day and saying “yes, and” to move forward rather than get stuck or spiral downward is the hallmark of improvisational comedy on stage and is being explored within the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business with respect to innovation. Improvisation’s “yes, and” is also inspiring new training for caregiving at leading research hospitals and with caregivers for those with autism and dementia.

All are invited to join us for a provocative evening with Kelly Leonard, the Executive Director Insights and Applied Improvisation at The Second City, on Tuesday March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room. I became addicted to Leonard’s podcasts “Getting to Yes, And” years ago and cannot imagine how I would have navigated the changes in my life without the insight gained through these ideas.

The concept of “yes, and” reminds me of a prayer by Soren Kierkegaard: “For all that has been, ‘yes.’  For all that will be, ‘thank you.’”  I say it every day.  See you Tuesday.