I hope you dance

I love to dance.

 

And for a year and a half now, I have not been able to.

 

So Lee Ann Womack’s song that goes, “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance,” even as just a metaphor for life, somewhat breaks my heart.  That’s because physically, I’ve been doing a lot more sitting than I’ve ever done before or ever thought I would do–especially at 28 years old.

 

Literally sitting, not dancing.

 

But by sitting, I’m playing my part right now; stepping up to do what my body and soul have asked.  Which means that what I’ve been doing IS dancing.  That’s right, I am dancing even though I physically can’t dance.  How cool is that!?

 

Dancing is living with courage. 

 

Life is calling us to take a leap in every moment; each one unique in its shape, size, manner, and purpose.  But having the courage to show up, THAT’S dancing.

 

Sometimes that might be going for a run along the river, when at other times it means staying still and curling up in your favorite chair.

 

Sometimes it might mean opening up a flower shop because it’s always been your dream or it might be appreciating the beauty of a single flower sitting on your coffee table.

 

Sometimes it might be speaking up and sharing your message with a group of people, and sometimes it might mean quietly acknowledging and accepting your own truth.

 

Each of us has the power to recognize which kind of leap we’re being called to next.  And when we feel that pull, we have a decision to make.

 

Did you notice that in the song she doesn’t say IF you get the choice, but WHEN you get the choice?

 

That’s because we always have a choice.

 

We choose.  We decide whether to walk toward life or turn away from it.

 

I choose courage.  And I choose stepping out onto the dance floor of life, whatever form it takes.

 

by Justin Leibow i choose courage

 

So let’s dance.

 

May you dance in exactly the way life is calling to you right this very minute.

 

And if you’d like to share what that means for you, I’m all ears.  Send me an email or comment over on Facebook.

 

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