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D.D.D. – Do a Daily Dance
Some of you know that once upon a time, I taught aerobics classes at the Central YMCA in San Francisco. I was by no means the best instructor; there were others who had much better choreography and dance moves to accompany the music. I am really not a choreographer, but I think my classes were full because I played music that made you want to MOVE. And when you MOVE your body, accompanied by up to 50 or 60 other bodies moving to the high-energy music, that is a recipe for joy! Several of my fellow aerobicizers were gay men who fell prey to AIDS. Each time I think about their medical challenges while they still showed up to jump, step, prance and dance in the funky auditorium-turned-aerobics-studio, it just makes me smile. What a way to live your last days of a short life, no? I guess all of our lives are short, no matter how long we live so that is why this month’s joy message is: Do a Daily Dance!
If you are physically able, there are unlimited possibilities and genres. You don’t even have to have music in order to dance a joy-inducing jig, but it helps if you have songs, raps, marches, or even concertos that motivate or energize you. This being the month in which we celebrate America’s independence, try marching in place to this fun rendition of John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever! If you are physically compromised, focus on what you can do, even if it is just snapping your fingers to the rhythm of a favorite song, or toe-tapping. If all you can move is your head, how about just moving it from side to side in concert with the beat of a happy tune. And finally, if you downright refuse to dance, or if you are completely unable to do so (for physical, emotional, or circumstantial reasons), I think it is quite possible to get a “contact high” from just watching other people dance!
As a wise person once said to me: “We either have results or reasons.” What reasons does your creative mind come up with for why you can’t take 5 minutes in a day to dance?
“My CD player doesn’t work!”
“The only good music I have is on vinyl, and I don’t have a turntable anymore.”
“I am too busy.”
“I’m just not in the mood.”
And so on.
If the availability of music is the issue, I have a solution for you. I have put together a D.D.D. Do a Daily Dance Playlist with 32 (one for each day of our longest months, plus one to GROW on) different videos that include music and dancing. If you are reading this e-mail on your computer, and if you can turn up the volume, all you need to do is click here and select one. Most of the selections are 5 minutes or less. Or, if you want to save this url somewhere special on your computer, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0148593E2460210E&feature=mh_lolz
As for the other reasons: if you are too busy, what’s 5 minutes? If you aren’t in the mood, how about a mood-altering activity that only takes 5 minutes? We can spend 5 minutes just coming up with reasons!
for July 2012
I dare you to invite someone to dance with you at least once this month. At the office, at home, with a neighbor, at a public gathering, wherever and whenever!
And please feel free to send me links of other YouTube dance/music videos; I will add them to the Playlist!
Your July 2012 Prompts for Joy
Click here for a joyful flash-mob that doesn’t involve dancing!
Click here for another flash-mob. This one takes place in Russia, and it is also on the Playlist.
Many thanks to Claudette Bergman: your timing is excellent. Nancy Clark, your timing is excellent, too; you helped me decide which topic I would cover this month without even knowing it!
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