The music comes on loudly and we begin. We follow a charismatic and talented instructor leading us through all of the dance moves. The dances are fun and challenging. These dance classes have become a place of therapy for so many.
This is where health journeys begin and self confidence blooms.
Friendships are formed and depression seeps away.
Growth is occurring in the bodies, hearts and minds of my fellow dancers today
Maybe this will be the first time someone will dance without thinking or find freedom to give it all they’ve got.
Maybe they are mastering a dance sequence they have been working on for weeks or learning to not beat themselves up if they don’t.
Maybe they are aiming to jump a little higher or let go of the burdens they carried into the room that day.
Maybe someone is learning to accept the reflection they see in the mirror or dancing away their grief or pain.
Maybe someone is expressing joy with their jumps and finding strength in their bodies they didn’t know was there.
This is a room full of people who have come from different places and all face unique sets of challenges. But for one hour as we are all dancing side by side to the same songs, this room becomes a place of growth and change. Day after day, we give it our all. We work through the tough stuff of life and we come back stronger the next day. This dance class, this room is life. Who are you dancing next to and what are they challenged with today? Let’s be patient with one another and keep dancing into a better tomorrow.
I want to create
Want to affect change
Want to add something to the day
That will make a different tomorrow
I want to make good things clear
And help bad things disappear
Want to smile with those in joy
And cry with those in sorrow
To Your side
For in my heart
To go astray
To Your side
To keep me near
And protect me
From my own way
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
I love the place I’ve found
I’m thrilled with the changes I’ve seen
I love that any residual pain
Continues to sharpen me
It’s official, I think and analyze too much. But I love it! I ran a 5k this morning and of course could not live through it without turning it into a metaphor on life.
I just found that while running, little adjustments to my focus made a big difference to how I felt and how I ran. And isn’t that so true in our daily walk as well? I can think about how much longer I have to go or how my legs are tired and just try to accept where I am (which is sometimes needed and good for sure). But when I looked ahead to where I wanted and needed to be, my running improved. So here is my poem, ‘Ode to Running’? Or maybe ‘Look Ahead’ 😊
It’ll make your feet move faster
There are goals to keep in sight
As the past moves further behind you
Keep your gaze set right
When you win
Celebrate your victories
When you are steady
Accept your pace
When you slow down
Keep on pushing
When you are done, rest
Then get ready for the next race
Don’t think, just do
Don’t analyze, just move
Don’t pretend, just be you
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.