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Life Surely is a Dance

In the sense that there was nothing before it, all writing is writing against the void.”  Mark Strand, 1934 –
American poet, essayist, and translator.

Sitting in front of the blank computer screen at 10.30pm on Friday night I could not think of anything to write about today.  Are you old enough to remember that when school finished eventually, we all wrote in each others autograph books?  Well the snippet that comes to mind right now is –

Head weak, brain numb,
inspiration wont come, can’t write,
bad pen, best wishes, amen.

So I am writing into the void.  No wonder the blank page or in my case, the empty computer screen, is so frightening.  This void is not my usual habitat.  I am a creature of city streets, beaches and bush. My inspiration is born in these things, and of course, family and grandchildren.

And as is always the case, I did think of something.  Today I thought of a book I have entitled Lilian Too’s Book of Gold.  It is subtitled “Wise Ways to Health, Wealth and Happiness” and contains 365 daily reflections.

Book of Gold

I haven’t even thought of this book for ages but looking for enlightenment I turned to the page for September 16.  Today’s reflection is entitled “Life is a Sacred Dance”.  And thinking about that I know that “when movements are coordinated and sure there is so much grace and when there is also music life becomes a celebration!”

Life is supposed to be a celebration but so often we get mired down into all the things, both small and large, that upset us and work together to spoil our days, so that we forget to be thankful and to celebrate all the good things in our lives.

Most of us have so much for which to be grateful.  Oh sure, there are those aches and pains that we have to deal with; those pesky neighbours or workmates; that rude clerk in the store or any one of a hundred things you can name.  And certainly, there are those things that really drag us down.  The death of a friend; a family member with a terminal illness; an unexpected bill to be paid; the end of a relationship and further afield the mine disaster currently being played out in a valley in Wales and the huge chemical fire in Canberra, among so many other things.

Many of the things about which we worry do not impact upon us personally, and in most instances, there is nothing we can do about them.  Death is something we have to face whether our own or a loved one’s.  Relationships will end either by us or by the other person involved.  Health whether ours or somebody else’s, will be compromised and we have to find a way to deal with all of these things.

But we also have to find time to celebrate our lives.  To remember all the good things for which we have to be thankful.  So today I am making a pact with myself to celebrate all those things for which I am grateful and tomorrow I shall be adding to My Gratitude List.

And to prove that Pollyanna is alive and well and living in Wellington, NZ here are some of the lyrics from a favourite song:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean

Whenever one door closes,
I hope one more opens

Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance; I hope you dance.

 

 

 

 

I Hope You Dance

Today’s blog is very short and to the point.  I heard this song once and decided to adopt it as my mantra.  It says all that I believe and all that I wanted to share with my family, friends and life-coaching clients.  I hope you agree.

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance”

The version of the song that I really like is by  Leann Womack.  This young, country singer has so much soul in her voice – listen to it here.

I just love the words and the symbolism.  And how they speak to me and what they say.
“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake
But it’s worth making
Don’t let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Reconsider
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance”
I used the tag line – If you get the choice to sit it out or dance; I hope you dance” as the close off in all the newsletters I used to send out to my life coaching clients.  I have this phrase as the screen saver on my computer and all the words of the song on the wall of my study. So as you can see I am hooked.
“I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance”
Music and Lyrics by Mark D. Sanders/Tia Sillers Copyright © 2000, Uni/Mca Nashville. All Rights Reserved.from the album, I Hope You Dance

Do you have a favorite song that speaks to you the way this one speaks to me?  Is it just the song or is the singer important to you and your song?  I really would love to hear from some of you.  Maybe that way we will all learn some new songs.


And I should like to thank the person that sent me this image of the dancing bears.  I think it just fits here as if it belongs.

Bears Dancing