Improvisers have to stay present and listen carefully, because things can change so quickly on stage. If you weren't listening, you can't play because you won't know what's going on.
"Don't miss the gift" is an improv adage that basically means: Don't get so caught up in your head, that you don't notice when you could add something fun or helpful. The "gift" is the spark of creativity that lights up in your brain, and invites you to a possible next step.
Staying present-minded and choosing to listen carefully are helpful off stage too. They are important for making the people around us feel heard and understood. Being disciplined in these areas also prevents us from missing out on the beauty that's right in front of us.
This is a picture of my sweet 4-year-old foster daughter, who helped me remember how much fun puddle jumping is. It's easy to get distracted by gloomy weather and a busy schedule, but her happy squeals of joy after finding this big puddle are a gift I would not have wanted to miss out on.
My encouragement for you today is to stay present, and listen carefully. Don't miss the gift that's right in front of you! <3