We all have challenges in life whether it is just getting through a bad day or getting through months of illness or a lifetime of grief. Don’t wait for the storm to pass. Our mission is to learn to dance in the rain. But dance in the rain doesn’t necessarily mean to literally dance.
In KM Huber’s blog, Aim for Even, she talks about how we humans try to stay in one moment even though that is impossible to do. Her dance in the rain is to be present.
Marie Forleo gives advice on how to Find the Courage to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up in this short video.
How can you learn to dance in the rain? Find that one thing you love and give yourself a few minutes just connecting to that thing you love. For me, if I spend a few minutes writing each day I’ve just danced in the rain. Another way I dance is to listen to beautiful music from one of my favorite groups, like Pentatonix.
So if your life is a storm that takes your breath away, take a moment for yourself. If you’ve used that moment reading this blog I can only say I am honored. If you share something of how you dance in the rain in the comments below, I am blessed. Thank you.
My DH and I were talking at dinner the other night about our lives as creative types and differences in the ways we perceive things. As is often the case, our discussion covered a wide range of possibles from the highly sensitive person to the mundanes who don’t understand us to the different modes of perception (he’s visual and I’m verbal). My DH said he thought that neither he nor I had ever lost the ability to be a child.
Children perceive the world differently from adults. Whether you are a writer, an artist, a laborer or scientist, I think all adults should remember to be a child, at least once in a while.
“All children are artists. The problem
is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
~ Pablo Picasso
Use ALL Your Senses
“Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.”
~ Eudora Welty
“What are the conditions of the creative attitude, of seeing and responding, of being aware and being sensitive to what one is aware of? First of all, it requires the capacity to be puzzled.
Children still have the capacity to be puzzled.”
~ Erich Fromm
“As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.” ~ Jim Henson
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” ~Albert Einstein
“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.”
Believe in the Heroic
Children don’t have to be told to believe in heroics or heroes. They live their fantasies.
“Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli
Be A Child
“Like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.” ~ Gaston Bachelard
So play, imagine, be curious, see the world with awe through child-like eyes. Believe. Being a child, for just a little while, can change your world.
I’d love to hear from you. Please share. Do you take time to be a child? How does being a child help you as an adult?