Staying in Focus: Dancing in the Rain

Daily Prompt: Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
-Vivian Greene

I was about to choose another quote for this daily post, when I came across this one in a book I was reading and I immediately felt a connection to the message it conveys. So many of us waste time waiting for the storm to pass, for everything to be in place and perfect before we are ready to make the move to actually live our lives. Instead, we should be learning to deal with things the way they are, make the best of what we have. We are not perfect, and there is no such thing as the perfect time for anything. What we have is now, and we may miss out on many experiences if we choose to wait and see.

This is especially Important for someone like me, who suffers from a degenerative disease. I have a choice – sit back and wait for a cure to be found (wait for the storm to pass), or make the best of what I have now, what I can do rather than what I am no longer able to do. I can, in fact, dance in the rain. I can walk in the rain, too, or dance in the sunlight. I may not be able to smell a flower’s scent, but I can perceive its beauty with my eyes. I can keep up with my exercises to encourage that storm to pass more quickly. I can do even more to that end by supporting the people searching for a cure, or by participating in clinical trials. My husband and I travel as much as we are able. We recognize the fact that we are getting older and will not be mobile enough to travel with ease like we do now. So we could, literally, have danced in the rain in a downpour in Dublin, Ireland. Had we waited for the storm to pass, we would not have seen the snow covered mountains of Alaska or had a close encounter with a humpback whale. I would never had seen the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the lovely town of Kristiansand, Norway, nor gazed at the ancient mystery that is Stonehenge.

The same day I came across this quote, my son showed me a You Tube video that inspired me as nothing has in a long while. Take a minute to view this video. Go to You Tube and search for Paul Smith Typewriter Artist. Mr. Smith had no choice in his life because the storm would not pass for him, but he learned to dance in the rain with the only things available to him – his typewriter and as he says, “my finger.”

Dancing in the rain is about celebrating life, no matter what challenges we may have to face or overcome. Dancing in the rain is about finding the silver lining in that cloud and grabbing on with both hands. And when the first raindrops fall from that cloud, be ready to dance.

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