Saturday, March 9, 2019

Dancing with the Day

Finally my cold let go of its stranglehold and took off to bother someone else. Instead of just doing what it takes to survive the moment, now I’m ready to get back into the driver’s seat of my own life. So I wake up and ask two questions:

1.    Hello, Day! What do you have in store for me?
2.    Hello Day! What will I bring to you today?

 The first acknowledges that World has its own momentum and sometimes life is what happens when you’re making other plans. We’re not wholly in control and need to stay open to what the day offers. But that doesn’t mean just waiting around for “whatever.”

And so the second speaks the need to make some plans and grab some control of your destiny. Have an intention and consciously vow to bring something worthy to the hours gifted to you. 

It’s in the dance between the two where the Day wholly lives. 

So today. Looks like World is offering yet more rain and 50 degree temperatures and hopefully nothing in the way of big or small disasters. Hoping the garage door will open (having trouble with that lately), the car will start, the de-alarming of school goes well and the 26 people signed up for my workshop will arrive. I’ve made detailed plans to bring joy, laughter, connection, communion and good ideas and material to be passed on later to children in the way that I know how—through music. 

In today’s workshop, mostly songs for all ages with intriguing elaborations and extensions. For someone who didn’t grow up in a singing family, school or culture, this is a surprise of sorts. But more and more I’m convinced that my ability to sing with people of all ages and in all places, to get them singing, an ability honed by long years of meticulous effort, is perhaps one of my greatest gifts as a teacher. Maybe even as a person! And for a non-singer, that’s impressive!

Let’s go, Day! Hope it’s as good for you as I suspect it will be for me!

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