How to Fail Gracefully

11.06.2014

How often do we find ourselves telling a someone, “you have to be patient.”

This may in the context of waiting in line, waiting for Christmas, waiting for a server, or waiting for love.

Notice how often times patience is related to “waiting,” – basically for something to happen?

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Dancing Along and Stepping on Toes

03.17.2014

Immediately after my 8th grade graduation, my school arranged a little party for the graduates, more specifically a dance. A dance that included slow dancing. It escapes me if I knew about the slow dancing part, but up until that time I had never been exposed to slow dancing. There was a time I went to a Bar Mitzvah in 5th grade, but there wasn’t much of any dancing.   Thank goodness for my classmate who ended up being my first dance partner. She was a sweetheart about my first dance, and didn’t mind me mashing her toes up a bit. It certainly took some time to figure out the footwork of swaying back and forth and not obsessively staring at one’s feet. By the end of our brief 8th grade graduation dance, I felt accomplished in my academics, as well as knowing the basics of dance.   I’m not sure if I ever got better at dancing, despite drop-in ballroom dance classes, learning choreography for various musicals, or participating in Zumba. There have certainly been many times where toes were mashed, flying elbows hit someone in the head, or general collisions occurred with other dance partners. You would think I would have given up on dance, but it’s still an enjoyable activity, and I am still trying to figure it all out.   Before I ever listened to a country song, a good friend shared some lyrics with me:

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