There’s a certain lightness in leaving inhibitions behind

There’s a certain lightness in leaving inhibitions behind and dancing…That something deep within than feels the music and channels the notes into synchronized expression.

My pre-teen years were spent in smallville Saskatchewan where the road leads to nowhere but to the town hall where all the locals gathered monthly for a good old fashioned country dance.  I think that’s where I developed a deep love for family, community and dancing.  The toddlers wore themselves out on the slick hardwood floors and then crawled into the piles of coats on the stage, out for the rest of the evening so the polka masters could sachet around the dance floor with precision and flare.  Giggles of laughter resounded to the rafters.  It was genuine authentic fun for the skilled craftsman of the dance to the couples who ‘cut up the rug’ just for the fun of it.  The waltz brought such grace and ease you couldn’t help but admire the effortless flow.  It was with genuine awe and admiration that I beheld such expertise. During my teen years, I thought that I would certainly pursue the dream of becoming a go-go dancer.  It was physical, exciting and the costumes were so hip!
With the airing of competitive dancing on television came the era of the professional dancers who have honed their skills to master the moves.  In the attainment of perfection, I perceive a loss of heart…
I think we can learn a lot from dancing.
May these words from Lee Ann Womack’s song bless your heart like they did mine…
I Hope You Dance
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 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
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ 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 hope you dance
Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along.
Tell me who want to look back on their years and wonder
Where those years have gone.
I hope you dance…I hope you dance
I hope you dance.
– Wanita

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