Dancing in the face of adversity

Dance in the face of adversity

“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.”  Lee Ann Womack

Every now and then, we might envy someone who looks like they’re living “the good life.”  Many times we know people, friends, and have no idea of things they endured or are dealing with at this moment.  It’s why the saying, “Be kind to everyone because you never know what battle they’re fighting” is so meaningful.

Even when things are going good, they can change in an instant.  It’s the dynamic course of life.  I’ve been there … rolling along, basking in the light like a cat in the sun thinking, “Oh, this is great – I finally made it through the obstacle course.”  Then Bam!  I hit another speed bump.

I’m dealing with one of those bumps right now.  Everything we know and read teaches us to stay positive and trust all will be ok. Just before I posted this, I read Pam Grout’s newsletter and laughed at her fitting theme:  “Let’s get out our leg warmers and dance our asses off.”  She talked about the tremendous power of our words – whatever we believe and say out loud will be “seconded by the great universal energy.”

So, as I prepared for a challenging appointment this morning, I grabbed my Gratitude earrings and dabbed on Believe perfume to set in all good intentions.  I coasted down PCH past the guy in a white cap, gloves and shimmering gold jacket twirling on the sidewalk waving to cars whizzing by.  He’s said to be a cross between Michael Jackson and a yacht captain.  He loves to entertain on the same corner where his notorious predecessors have been greeting people since the 19th century.  I’ve been told he’s homeless, but he chooses to show up on his vintage bicycle every morning and dance in the face of adversity. His enthusiasm is encouraging.

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