At the risk of sounding a little silly, I have to tell you that one of the things that inspired me the most this week was watching Marley Matlin dance on Dancing With the Stars. I know, it sounds funny. I don’t watch a lot of tv, and even missed most of that program that night. I "just happened" to turn the tv on shortly before it was her turn to take the floor. Maybe adjustments were made to the dance so that she could have more eye contact and physical guidance from her partner and teacher. Nevertheless, she thoroughly impressed me, and I think, many others. Her partner briefly explained how they went about taking on such a task together, which helped explain part of it.
The question that has stayed with me all week is… how do you dance to music you can’t hear? And, perhaps even more importantly, what kind of spirit is it in her that takes on such a challenge? What is it that rises up in her, full of joy and vitality to take on something that many of us would write off as impossible? Is she just a unique individual that defied all odds or do we all have the ability to overcome the odds (and/or critics) and accomplish great things? We have all heard countless stories of people who have overcome incredible odds to do amazing things. The one thing they have in common is a "can-do attitude."
A fun, creative writer known only as SARK, once said, "I heard so many voices in my head that said, NO! I amazed these voices by shouting YES! Invite your fears in, then tell them to sit down and shut up!"
As we enter the Spring season, I can’t help but think of new life. What a great season to say YES to something new, that we may have thought we could never do before. What a great time to have that challenge and accomplishment breathe life into our hearts, our spirits and our days. What a great time to face a challenge with a heart of joy instead of being overwhelmed by it. What a great season to say YES to life! You may know exactly what it is you’re supposed to pursue or the challenge that you’re supposed to face with confidence. If not, I encourage you to be still and quiet your heart. Don’t worry, it will come to you. You’ll just know.
Even if you can’t hear the music, I encourage you to dance!
Happy Easter and Abundant Blessings!