Liven Your Space - A Resource for Healing from Mental Illness
My Blog

Dance First, Think Later ... It's the Natural Order

It's good to find inspiration where you can.  A year ago, I found some at my local gift shop up the street from where I live in the Virginia countryside.  It came through on a greeting card and when I saw it I could hear myself say:  "Exactly!! That's what I believe" ... 'Dance First, Think Later.  It's the Natural Order.' 

Now, this bit of advice didn't come from a Hallmark Card troll, sitting at his seat all day trying to be clever and poignant.  It came, according to the card, from Samuel Beckett, a very serious Irish/French intellectual who wrote both serious and  whacky pieces of fiction. One of my favorites, Waiting for Godot, is a play in which nothing happens and yet it's riveting ... really.  Everyone is just sitting around waiting fro something!

So why did this piece of philosophy strike me so profoundly? It actually might not be good advice for everyone.  But as I get older and realize how easy it is to live one's routine day after day, things like dancing before cleaning the house, before watching TV, before grocery shopping, before brushing one's teeth, all just seem more purposeful if not rational.  It puts fun and liveliness before order and 
necessity. It creates energy and action out of predictability. And it helps remind us to put a spring in our step and a kick in our heels rather than waiting for something important to happen outside of ourselves. 

So that's it for today.  As a budding Virginia postmodernists, I'm not thinking and writing any more.  I'm going out to get new dancing slippers and start dancing more from my heart. 

2 Comments to Dance First, Think Later ... It's the Natural Order:

Comments RSS
order essay online on Thursday, October 04, 2018 1:58 AM
The summer writing group is very interesting and I got to see this link through some online platform but I really liked this one. Good work and continue this.
Reply to comment


best dissertation services online on Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:43 PM
I have really enjoyed reading your piece. Most of us forget about the new year resolutions that we make and lost their sight. But this year I would certainly stick to them.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment