Jan ’09 – week 3

This past week I decided that although I already have more than enough on my plate, I still want to try new things and keep learning. My rationale being that life is only going to get busier anyway, so I might as well find a way around it now. Also, a quote someone told me from Martin Luther King (I think) which went something like, “I find that I no longer have time to pray for two hours every morning…and so I pray for three”. I’m sure I’m misquoting slightly, but it’s the principle of it that I am touched by. When you know something is important and very valuable to you, then you do whatever it takes to sustain it.

I suppose I applied that principle practically when I decided recently to go for a walk and pray before I start each day –without exception. But I also applied it in another way this week when I decided that although I already barely have a moment free in my schedule, I would still find a gap to do some things that I wouldn’t normally do. And so last week I went to some dancing classes. I won’t say which ones, because I’m not confident that I’ve learned anything yet & I wouldn’t want someone to call me up on it! But the point is I made a start, and I think its good for me. Its good to be rubbish at something from time to time, and to have to start at the beginning and find a way to improve. It humbles you, it challenges you and it reminds you of how someone feels when you are trying to teach them something new. And in simple terms, I think like most men I need to learn how to loosen up my body a little bit and let it flow! So, I’m interested to see if I can improve and get comfortable with dance. I guess that’s one of the things that stood out to me when I travelled to all those different tribes…that music and dancing (and smiling) are probably the most natural and most powerful forms of communication and interaction between people – much more so than talking. You could be sat around struggling desperately to communicate with words and translators and stunted conversations…but then when the chance came to just sing or dance or make music, all of a sudden it was like a true and meaningful connection was made. It more than broke the ice – it usually shattered it. I think because music and dance strike to the core of being human – all the rest is in the brain, but those two things come from somewhere deeper and more instinctual.

This morning’s quote that I picked out from my bag is an interesting one.

“The more often I feel without acting, the less I will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less I will be able to feel” C S Lewis

It’s all about actions! And that’s why I’m bringing a bit of dance action into my life 🙂

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3 Responses to Jan ’09 – week 3

  1. Kane says:

    This reminds me of a couple of sayings. First, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Life is truly all about actions. Just having faith will not get the job done, we must act. Sure faith is important, but how are we going to grow and really experience all that life has to offer unless we do works or take action???

    Secondly, a quote from one of John Wooden’s books “when im finished learning, im finished”. Life is all about learning/discovering new things. Doing things that challenge us forces us go outside of our comforts zones and as a result forces us to see what we are really made of. When we are no longer learning and trying new things, then why keep on living?

    • I couldn’t agree more. Learning at school is not always fun because you’re not always learning things you’re interested in…but in adult life where you get to choose a little bit more, there is so much to learn.

  2. Julia says:

    Hey, you’re not that bad at it!

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