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’
…, When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
…, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance”

– Leeann Womack “I Hope You Dance”

I heard this song on the radio today and it got me thinking about how much we live life by sitting on the sidelines instead of dancing. We are afraid of so many things that we don’t acknowledge, because we are afraid of making them real. Once we admit to something, this we have to either do something about it or admit that we are cowards and afraid of making the needed changes.

It starts with something that is really small, that in our minds we have made large – like standing around at the Jr High School dance because we are afraid that the person we want to dance with will say no; or if we get asked we are afraid that we don’t know how to dance well enough and someone will make fun of us and life as we know it will be over.

As we get older more things get added to the list and pretty soon we have settled for the path of least resistance, because we just know that bad things will happen if step outside of the lines of the box that we created.

Take some little chances – I had never dyed my hair because I was afraid it might not turn out; I had never trusted a hair stylist to cut my hair and style it because what if I didn’t like it or my husband hated it; such little things to be afraid of that it is both sad and funny how we convince ourselves of things that really won’t be world ending. Most of what we are afraid of is totally out of proportion to what it really is.

The chances are worth taking! You grow and expand both inside and out. You can then laugh at yourself for being so afraid. You are then ready for the bigger chances that once you take them on, will have you dancing across the stage like your Ginger Rogers, showing Fred Astaire just how it is done!


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