Today there are lots of things I could write about. A couple of long-term Congresspeople are facing ethics violations which could result in criminal prosecution. Illegal aliens are marching in the streets demanding rights granted to American citizens. Our economy is struggling to grow. Our elected politicians are enriching themselves feeding at the public trough. Oh, there are a lot of things I could write about today, but instead I am going to shift gears.
Like most of you I receive forwards on my e-mail. Many are political, some are funny, some are racy, but some are down right inspirational. I received just such a forward this week. It was sent to me by my daughter, Heather. The message was about dancing.
Now if any of you have ever had the misfortune of seeing me dance, I apologize right now. I just never mastered it. But the message of the forward was not about the fine art of ballroom dancing or any of the moves and steps that require talent. No this was about how we should deal with everyday situations and problems. Too often we put off using the good china. Too often we leave the good shirt hanging in the closet waiting for the right time to wear it. All too often we are guilty of putting off life until one day we wake up and it is too late. Somebody once said that life is something that happens while we are making plans for something else.
Some time ago Lee Ann Womak recorded a song entitled. “I Hope You Dance”. The chorus has these lines:
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that 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.
My message today is I hope you dance. Have you ever stared into the mirror worrying that you hair just isn’t looking right? Your clothes don’t fit right. You struggle with it but nothing seems to work. Guess what? You are probably the only person on earth who believes your hair or your clothes aren’t right. Everybody else is dealing with their own problems and how your hair looks isn’t one of them. Some of us spend our lives building bridges that we never have to cross. We worry about issues that never become the problems we thought they would. We should instead be dancing.
Every culture of mankind since our beginning on this earth has danced. Early man danced to try to deal with things he couldn’t understand. Other cultures danced to overcome fears of pending battle (war dance??). Many cultures danced to celebrate the harvest, or a birth, or the change in seasons. Most just danced because they were happy.
Today I fear we don’t dance enough. We see the problems of the world and we are often overcome. How could somebody dance in the face of such difficult issues? The reality is that dancing just might be the best remedy to many of the problems we see in the world.
Another verse of Lee Ann’s song is:
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 leaves you empty handed
If you get a choice to sit it out or dance,
I hope you dance.
To me to dance is a metaphor to live. Today I challenge you to live. Quit putting off the things you want until someday. Let someday be today. And if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. I hope you dance.
Ron Scarbro July 30. 2010
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