Time to Invest
Investment is traditionally defined as the "commitment of resources to achieve later benefits.” Another description is to devote (one's time, effort, or energy) to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result. You put something of value in, in order to get something of greater value out. Things of value are worth working for.
We invest money into business or stocks. We invest time into
practicing, rehearsing, and to getting ahead in business. We can invest hours “making
it to the top.” We can become vested in our careers. Priests receive their
vestments when ordained. The investiture is a large part of the upcoming Coronation
of King Charles III.
Improvisation is excellent at teaching us how to invest in
one another. An improv team learns to put the team first and always make their
partner/partners look good. A good improviser invests in the team. It’s about
giving of yourself, about making the other look good, and about listening to
offers. Improvisation teaches us how to invest in relationships. The very
things that make a good improv scene, make for good business and, indeed, a
good life. Christ, the Buddha, Confucius, all teach the way of living for
others over living for self. Relationships take time and energy. You can have thousands
of internet “friends” or likes. But to be in a life-giving, mutually beneficial
relationship, takes an investment. One must invest time so that you can really
listen. There is an emotional investment as well. True empathy and interest in one
other require a deep relational and emotional connection. True friendship is a
form of love, philia. My deepest and closest friendships came out of my improv
group in Denver. Simple because we invested in one another.