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Dancing to the beat of a different drummer

Thursday, February 11, 2010

We all know the Henry David Thoreau quotation:
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

As someone who has never quite stepped to the music of the majority, I've always loved this quotation.

But at the post office, I saw a young teen, a junior high girl, dancing to the beat of her own drummer. She came in with a little sister or cousin, they said good afternoon to everyone and went to check on the progress of their grandmother. Miss Jr High had a little bop to her step, each step carefully placed with a little twist at the end. She flounced in, did a little wiggle, pirouetted, and flounced stepped wiggled out - oblivious to the stares and muted giggles of the adults watching her. My friendly post office lady, Monique, was at the counter serving the grannie, and she burst out laughing and said "That child has her own Broadway show happening right there! She is READ-YYYY!!!!!" We all laughed, and I said she looked like she was all ready for Carnival, too.

The more I thought about Jr High Miss, the more I thought - we all need to be like this! Dance to our own drummer! Move with joy through our daily routine! Dance our hearts out (and our tushes off) and be happy to be moving, even if it's as mundane as waiting at the PO.

Yes, there are times when dancing doesn't work, such as my class of boys who want to dance instead of work - and yes, I tell them to save if for after school, because I need them working on their art projects instead of wiggling those tushes and falling over laughing.

But we all need to keep joy in our lives, move for the sheer pleasure of moving, make our lives active and fun and happy!

Besides, you can't eat and dance at the same time! You can't fight or argue while dancing. You can't fight a war, or worry about bills, or any number of destructive acts while dancing. Dancing is all about happiness and joy and movement and beauty - and we don't have enough of this in our lives.

So - follow my favorite Chinese proverb - "Dance as if no one is watching." Dance through your day, dance to the music of your own inner drummer. Be happy, dance with joy!!!!!
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    You've really captured her movements -- and she persuaded you: kinesthetic advocacy!
    3049 days ago
    Oh, we have a new L'Cha Dodi melody at shul, I just can't NOT dance!!!!! Besides, it's Shabbat joy, right?
    3050 days ago
    Yeah, I've been known to dance in the supermarket with cans of artichokes (what I was picking up when Aretha Franklin's "RESPECT" came on). My friends don't know what to do with me. DH will occasionally join in, but he also just shakes his head and walks away, too.
    3050 days ago
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    They have music in their souls they cant help dancing at every opportunity. The minute I here an Indian rhythm I have to start doing Bangra. I just cant help myself. My kids run off and pretend they are not with me. I jsut cant help myself.
    3050 days ago
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