Life has been likened to a theater, and the older I get the more I find myself in agreement with that analogy. I also agree that life is NOT a dress rehearsal and not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in our life that need to be loved from a distance. I believe the following story illustrates a good lesson in more ways than one.


There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, "If I could only see the world, I would marry you."


One day, this girl became the recipient of a pair of donated eyes. After surgery, when the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. He asked her, "Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?"


The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at those closed lids, the rest of her life, led her to refuse to marry him.


Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying, "Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine."


It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of, or at least minimize, your time with draining, negative, or whining people. Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Choose to be with the people who are part of those 'breathtaking moments.'


Pay close attention to the relationships around you. Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones always have drama or don't really understand or appreciate you? The choice is yours, and keep in mind you can't complain about the things you permit.


The more you seek respect, peace of mind, love and truth, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.


I think, in closing, it is good to remember that both you and I are in that group of people whom others will be wondering where they want us to sit in their theater of life.


If we want to be in the 'front seat,' of the people we care about, we have to STOP whining, arguing and complaining and focus on all the things for which we are grateful.


"If you cannot 'change' the people around you, change the people you're around."