Feel Free to Dance

“Dance like no-one’s watching…”

This is one of my favourite quotes.

Not because others don’t matter.

(Have I mentioned

I’m all about relationships?)

On close examination,

I believe

This quote isn’t about others.

It’s about me

And how I approach life.

Does the opinion of another person…

Or what I fear they’re thinking…

Prevent me from being myself?

Only if I let it.

Of course

Being authentic is easier to talk about

Than to do.

But I think it’s important.

I’m all about truth…

As well as relationships.

If I never cry

How can others know

It’s safe to cry with me?

If I never laugh

How can they know

It’s all right not to be

Serious all the time?

If I never dance

How will they know

They can express their joy

Be silly

And be real

Without fear of

Criticism and judgment?

May your heart dance…

And if you’re so inclined,

May your feet follow.

Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow (Jeremiah 31:13 NIV).

 

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5 thoughts on “Feel Free to Dance

  1. I completely agree. Following what you love despite what others may say of you is one of the most important things in the world to me. ❤ Beautiful poem

  2. You nailed it, Stephanie–it’s not about being “in your face” to others, it’s about revealing who we really are. That’s a big challenge for some of us!!

    The Newsboys have a song called “Dance” on their In the Hands of God album that goes along with this, and it doesn’t just stop with the dancing… it adds singing and loving.

    Thanks for this encouragement. I’m still learning to take a few hesitant steps.

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