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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just Dance

A few years ago, Lee Ann Womack made some intriguing suggestions in a song.

"I hope you never lose your sense of wonder," she said, and "May you never take one single breath for granted."

Then, she urged, "when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance."

Now, the song was clearly metaphorical, kind of a terpsichorean "Just Do It."

"Sit it out" meant withdraw, give up, quit; "dance" meant forge ahead.

But I wonder what would happen if we took the idea literally?

Stand up. Step away from the computer.

And just dance.

Don't wait for the right shoes, or the right time, or even any music. Don't worry what you look like. Don't think about being Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly.

Think more "Jerry Lewis."

And just dance.

Let the music in your head, in your body, express itself.

Fast or slow; jazz, ballet, or boogie.

Just dance.

There. Aren't you happier?

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