Dance Lessons Anyone?

— Written By Christine Smith and last updated by Kim Davis

            Have you started your dance lessons yet? Last week we talked about dancing in the rain, however we did not give any tips on how to do this. I have been reading a book by Mac Anderson & BJ Gallagher called Learning to Dance in the Rain, the Power of Gratitude and would like to share some gratitude tips with you. Everyone goes through times of heart ache and trouble; however we need to find the good in everyday events that happen. The book has nine tips that maybe considered “dance lessons” for the storms that will come our way in this journey called life, we will look at four today.

            1. “Begin by being thankful for what didn’t happen.”  How many times have you come up on an accident and thought to yourself if I had been a few minutes earlier that could have been me.

            2. “Plant a Trouble Tree.”  We all have troubles and worries at work; however we should not allow them to interfere with your family time. I know this is easier said that done, but tonight when you get home hang our troubles on a tree outside. You can pick them back up tomorrow; I’ll bet the load will be lighter than what you left.

            3. “Learn the Glad Game and play it often.”  When things go wrong, instead of dwelling on the bad things that happen look for things to be glad about. Your car breaks down, be thankful for the cell phone that allows you to call a tow truck to help you get it to the repair shop? Many people are unhappy because instead of being grateful for the things they have they just look at the people who have more than they do. The trick to being happy in life is to look at what you have instead of what you don’t have. There are many people in life who are not nearly as blessed as you; be grateful for all the gifts, family, friends, etc., you have been blessed with.

            4. “Practice forgiveness – let go of resentments.”  Has someone hurt your feelings or betrayed your trust? Many times that person you feel has done you wrong does not even remember the event. We harbor resentment towards that person and can’t seem to let it go. The only person this hurts is you, while letting go of the resentment will make you feel a lot better. An illustration from the book is: you drink poison and expect the other person to die from it. Resentment does not hurt the other person; however it is literally killing you.

            Next week we will finish our dance lessons. I would like to leave you with some examples of people who have inspired us with their attitude of gratitude:

  • Actor Michael J. Fox and his gallant struggle with Parkinson’s disease
  • Senator John McCain, who survived broken bones and years of torture as a North Vietnam prisoner of war.
  • Basketball hero Magic Johnson, living his life with the HIV virus.
  • “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve who was determined to overcome his quadriplegia and spinal cord injury caused by falling from a horse.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July, be thankful for family and friends to share your day with.

Thoughts to Ponder:

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. Willie Nelson

I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home… I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby. Nancie J. Carmody