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Feeling Low? Get Up and Dance!

One of my favorite Country Music songs (yes, I said country!) is I Hope You’ll Dance by LeAnn Rimes. Every time it comes on, I channel my inner country voice and start singing at the top of my lungs, twirling around as though I am in an open field taking in nature’s beauty. Sometimes, I imagine myself twirling in the rain. It all depends on the day. lol!

It is how I escape from my current reality and imagine myself in a safe and peaceful space. For me, that space has always been nature – especially the ocean! If I had it my way, I would own a house right by the water so I can walk right out to the ocean and every room in the house would have water views. However, with the cost of flood insurance these days I will just hold off on that dream until I make my first million – lol! Hey, a girl can dream.

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’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

Many times when we are faced with what appears to be insurmountable challenges, we tend to give in. Most of the time, it is not because we can’t overcome our circumstances, but because we choose to let our circumstances overwhelm us.

The lyrics of LeAnn’s song serve as a reminder to remain positive despite the circumstances we face in life. Yes, it is easier said than done. However, if you don’t learn to find positive ways to deal with challenges, you will more often than not be overcome by them.

As I watch my daughter adjust to the new norm of attending classes online and see the challenges she faces, I wonder to myself – is this still going to be our reality come September? or will she not able to hug her friends or swap lunches in the cafeteria anymore? Yeah, I might be overreacting, but if we are honest with ourselves many of us are thinking along those lines. However, one thing amazes me. Despite having her whole school life reinvented in a matter of a month, she has asjusted. She has accepted that this is her new norm and she is doing her best to make it work.

She shows up for class daily and tries her best.

While I was worrying about what will happen come September, a good friend (more like a sister) asked me this question – why worry about something if there is nothing you can do about it? She is absolutely right! Worrying about what the future holds, worrying about when things will get back to normal or whether things will ever be normal again won’t change anything or make things better.

So, I decided to dance my concerns away. I knew I needed to do something positive to encourage my family and keep us upbeat. We downloaded Zumba World Tour on my husband’s X-box One and have committed to dancing every night. Last night, I had my little ones dance the night away to GoNoodle songs and it wore them out. They were so happy and didn’t want our dance party to end. Yeah, I know that doesn’t change what is going on around us, but it does shift our focus and allows us to be intentional about what we choose to give our attention to.

I want to teach my children how to handle challenges, but not be consumed by them. My prayer is that when they face their own hurdles, they will ask themselves – remember that time we went through a pandemic? What did mom do again? The hope is that they will say – she danced and kept on living!

That means we will Dance even when we want to cry.

We will Dance even when life is serving us nothing but sour lemons.

We will Dance even when a pandemic has us concerned about our future.

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

Have you been sitting on that couch pouting and complaining about how tired you are of being in the house? – The kids are listening!

Have you been just dragging yourself around the house? – The kids are watching!

The greatest lesson we can teach our kids right now is not how to spell, read, write or solve complex math problems. They need to learn how to WIN at this thing called life.

Mommies, those little munchkins are watching us. Let’s give them a show we want them to remember. So get off that couch and DANCE!

How about you mommies, how are you helping your family stay positive during this pandemic?

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