Category: Dance

Finding Out Who You Have

 “Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.”
— Henry Ford
[Classic post from 5-15-11]
I've seen this quote many times and then all of a sudden, today, it took on new meaning. I think it describes our relationships extremely well. I think it even describes an excellent marriage. I've seen so many that never get to the last part, but think the middle is the key. And, of course, everyone remembers the beginning!
It also describes business relationships and the successful ones, or lasting ones are always based on the working together part. The beginnings are all so easy, and staying together presents challenges and this is where most dabble and depart. The good news about that is finding out who your partners are and who they are not.
Any relationship that gets to the working together part is special and valuable. I know in my life, those are the ones that I value the most, whether I see them often or not.
Friendship. Love. Working Together.
Spread Some Joy Today–Make sure those relationships you value know it.

A Prayer Of Thankful Love

“Thank you Lord,
for the inner loneliness
that led me to your quiet Presence.
For the drab despair of colorless life
that urged me toward inner Joy.
For illness
that inspired a desire for health.
For toxic anger
that forced me to find the
peace of forgiveness.
For the hurting love of many,
that set me on a search
for your transforming Love.
Thank you, Lord,
for teaching me
that Love is the purpose of life and
that as I attune my will to yours
my inner splendor grows.”

— Donna F. Fletcher
Reflection 172
Reflections of the Heart

Love Is Always The Better Way

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season;
the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church;
the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue;
the atheists went to parties and drank.
People passing each other on the street would say,
'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!'
or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'”
— Dave Barry
[Classic post from 12-24-10)
I saw this quote a week or so ago and thought it was very funny. . . look out for the wall. . . that's funny stuff. So, I never thought seriously about using it until tonight.
I was at a local event where people gathered and many of the same people come to this event. I was there early, and greeted people coming in, and said 'Merry Christmas!' to all that I greeted. A gentleman who is a regular, after my greeting, said something odd that I cannot remember, but it was curious. I just had the impression that he was not interested in Christmas because it is a religious holiday. But, I didn't think much of it as I like this gentleman and I was glad to see him.
A few minutes later, it was getting full in the area we were in and a woman came in with two friends and they were joyous and greeting some of the other people they know and this woman greeted this man, and said 'Merry Christmas,' and I didn't hear it directly, but later found out that he said, 'why don't you leave Christ out of it!' Well, this lady loudly called him an a**hole, which got everyone's attention. He seemed a bit embarrassed, but she was obviously mad. Then her friend was mad and fuming about his remark and so on.
What do you think of that scenario? I think it is interesting. Her comments certainly are an argument, but is that a strange way to defend Christ or Christianity? I think it is strange and also extremely ineffective. I guess the quote with Dave Barry is another way, and although way funnier, may still be a strange way.
Maybe this is a better way:
“May you have the gladness of Christmas,
 which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas,
which is peace;
The heart of Christmas,
which is love.”
— Ada V Hendricks

“But Now Abide Faith, Hope, Love,
These Three;
But The Greatest Of These
Is Love.”

— 1 Corinthians 13:13,
The Bible

Spread Some Joy Today–Love is always the better way.

Moving With The Flow

 “Don’t fight forces, use them.”
— R Buckminster Fuller
“Focus on the solution, not the problem.”
— Walter Anderson
[Classic post from 3-5-11]
Yesterday, I had an issue to deal with and I enjoyed it very much. I had to call a company that does some work for our company. It would be incredibly easy to be upset about the problem, re-explaining it again and again in higher and higher tones. And, it would be very typical, even for me, but I’ve been practicing something different.
I explained the situation and the fact that the two people before this guy didn’t solve the issue, but I was complimenting the company–sincerely, of course–because they are a great company and do excellent work most of the time, and they generally fix it when there is a problem. Nonetheless, I wanted this issue solved immediately and so I used my newfound calm persistence to see it through to a successful completion.
As I was looking at quotes, I saw the one by Buckminster Fuller, and the first thought that came to my mind was taking Judo lessons when I was around 13 years old. What little I remember about Judo was that you don’t fight the force or the strike, but you move with it, thereby deleting most or all of its adverse effect. Then, at the same time, you use their momentum with a few little techniques to have their intended effect turned instead on them. And, all so smoothly and almost effortlessly.
I know this may not be logical, but the next thing I thought of was that phone call. I was thinking of how these service reps must learn to do Judo with the caller when they are upset, which is probably a higher percentage than they might like. I know they are trained to be calm in the face of anger and frustration. I also thought that it must be a joy for them to not have to deal with anger and frustration, but to just deal with the problem and get it solved as quickly as possible while still enjoying the day.
How we deal with problems says a lot about who we are and where we are emotionally. Since I began to practice the calm persistence idea, it has transformed the way I deal with issues. Although I still might get upset, or even a bit tinkled, it is almost momentary in caparison with the way it used to be. I tell you what, that makes me feel wonderful and like a Judo black belt.
How Can I Feel Good And Deal With Problems At The Same Time? Don’t Focus On The Problem. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–whatever problems you have today, focus on feeling good by focusing on the solutions, or at the very least, something pleasant.

Laughing Is Loving

“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset.
It attracts friends
It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”
— Grenville Kleiser
[Classic post from 3-1-11]
I don’t think there is anything as effective, quick, and easy as humor to change a situation from one side to another. I find that I need it every day in business.
I used to be an auto mechanic many years ago. In studying for that field, I learned that in an internal combustion engine, the metal parts are so close to one another and that if it weren’t for a very thin layer of engine oil coating the parts, they would melt from the heat of the friction from the movement of the parts. I liken humor to the oil in the engine. It keeps things lubricated, cools, and protects. It is a protective layer that keeps us from melting down.
There is nothing so quickly uplifting and problem-releasing as humor. It is also something that is best when shared with at least one other person. Get a group going and it can turn into a party!
In the heat of business, it is often the protective layer of humor that keeps things cool and smooth flowing.
Laughing Is Loving.
Spread Some Joy Today–Share some humor today. There is nothing like laughter to attract joy.

Success Is A Given

 “Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.”
— Henry Miller
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Classic post from 9-16-11]
A thought came through me the other day when I was thinking about the slant that is presented on the nightly or daily news, and in the newspapers and other publications. That thought was this: Success is a given. It's failure that stands out.
If we are to believe the reality that is presented by the media, then my statement is an absolute truth. Though we claim to strive toward success, desire it, supposedly appreciate it and claim to admire it, in reality, it means nothing to many people compared to what is going wrong, has been wrong, will be wrong, must be fixed, and having the blame fully assigned with due punishment.
Yes. According to the media, success is a given; it's boring, useless, wimpy, and not worth reporting for fear of turning off the masses. It's not news. It's a given. It's fear that sells. It is news, and I am told that it is reality. It's failure that stands out.
I Look At Life With A Different Perspective: Joy!
Spread Some Joy Today–Celebrate every ounce of joy! Claim it as your Gold Standard. It costs nothing and is worth far more than gold.

The Holy Realm Of Passion

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don’t know how great you
can be! How much you can love! What you can
accomplish! And what your potential is!”
— Anne Frank
“If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.”
— Thomas A Edison
[Classic post from 1-25-11]
The other night I watched an older VHS that I had in my eBay store called Calle 54. It is a documentary from 2000 showing Latin Jazz players and groups from all over the globe. It is nothing short of amazing to watch these players play their instruments. It is especially interesting as a musician myself to watch people who really know how to play do something that seems so far away from what I do that it is as if I don’t play at all. I am in awe watching them, and in joy as well.
It made me think a bit about the question of how good can we get at something. The right answer is probably, who knows? Limits are always being expanded–and indeed, it seems that they are meant to be expanded.
This one aspect I think I’ve figured out about this, and that is that it is not desire that can achieve these levels as much as a love of doing a thing. It is beyond desire, and in the holy realm of passion!
Perfection Is An Elusive Thing, Though Many People Do Flirt With It Regularly.
Spread Some Joy Today–watching someone else sharing their passion is very satisfying and encouraging.

It Is Impossible To Fail At Life

“One of the best things
that I have learned about life
is that it is impossible to fail at it.
Whatever life we are living,
that is a successful living.”

— Terry Minion

Some live to be over 100, but not many in comparison. Some live very short lives in comparison, and most of us are somewhere in between. It doesn't matter. It's all living. Heredity, schlemedity, malady, melody, 220 or 221–whatever. What it is, it is. What it can be, it will be, as the choice to change in any direction is available to us all.

We get to feel good or not by our own design. We get to wallow in mud or ski barefoot across the glassy lake. We can give and we receive. We can share and we can hide. We can speak and we can listen. We can think and we can write. We can delight and we can scowl. We can hold grudges, and we can release resistance. We can accept responsibility or we can lay it elsewhere.

Whether we accept our choices and our own design, or whether we say that it is all happening to us from the outside without our permission, it is what it is. It is living. It is life. Whether we believe that we can change it at will, or remain a victim with no hope of parole, it is what it is, and it is living. It is life. It is our life. And, it is a successful life. We cannot fail. Even in death, we cannot fail. Is this all there is? We can believe this is or there is more. Either way, it is what it is. We can have one dimension or many dimensions. We can have one side or many sides. We can await a life in Heaven, or Heaven can live every day in us. And, it is all, and in all, successful.

Life is. I am. We are. It is what it is. We are powerful creators! 

In Joying Today, Right Now

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” 
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

[Classic post from 5-13-16]

Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Not plans. Not regrets. Nothing is worth more than this day. This day is all there is. Where we are living with this attitude toward time, we are living in the present. The present is all there is. The past and the future are merely illusions, fantasies, memories, projections. Now–the present is all there is, so if you're alive, then nothing–no thing–is worth more than this day.

I Hope And Pray That You Enjoy It To Its Fullest. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by being here. Now.

Do A Little Dance. Make A Little Love.

“Out of the recognition 
of who we really are 
comes the desire to seek 
that which is uplifting.” 
— David R. Hawkins 

[Classic post from 5-1-16]

Continuing David's quote above from his wonderful book, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, “Out of it arises a new meaning and context for life. When that inner emptiness, due to lack of self-worth, is replaced by true self-love, self-respect and esteem, we no longer have to seek it in the world.” 

Though this may well be where we want to be–in perfect acceptance of ourselves, and consequently of those around us, seeking that which is uplifting in the fullness of who we really are–we may be making excellent progress on this journey and yet sometimes feel like it's not happening, or that it's not happening quickly enough.

David adds, “To keep track of progress, many people keep a chart of their gains. This helps to overcome the resistance that usually takes the form, “This isn't working.” It is common for people who have made enormous gains to claim, “It just isn't working.” We have to remind ourselves sometimes what we were like before we started this process.” 

I sometimes have felt, “so near, yet so far,” and then I realize (remember) that the best part of life is not any sort of destination, but the journey itself. I have arrived at so many destinations only to find that before even arriving, I've already created a new destination. Without desire, there is no life–or certainly, no need for life in this form. It is contrast around us causing our desires and then moving toward them in some way that is life-giving.

We all need encouragement. We love it when others encourage us, but I think what is even more important is being encouraging to ourselves. Celebrating success. Celebrating progress. Celebrating positive change. Celebrating life. It is certainly one aspect of “true self-love, self-respect and esteem.”

So, wherever you are on your journey, take a bit of time and energy to celebrate the distance you've traveled, the hills you've climbed, the progress you've made from where you were at one time to where you are right now. Though the journey still stretches out in front of all of us, it's encouraging to periodically look in the rearview mirror.

Do A Little Dance. Make A Little Love. Get Down Tonight! 

Spread Some Joy Today–because YOU deserve it.

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