Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Dance of Life

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything;It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good, just, and beautiful.” ~ Plato

Wouldn't the world be a better place if we displayed our emotions through dance? I know it may sound silly but what if instead of having a verbal disagreement, everyone would just dance their anger away. Maybe even in....tap shoes? Wouldn't it be wonderful to see people dancing through the streets?

Actually, if you think about it a simple act like walking could really be seen as a dance. Look at all the different ways people walk. For instance, some drag their feet while others walk on their tip toes. While some walk with their head down at a fast pace, others walk slow absorbing the world around them. Wouldn't this be considered a dance? Have you ever sat in the mall and just watch people? The constant twists and turns and movements people will do to avoid contact with another person, or the beat of all the different shoes tapping on the floors. Our simple tasks are the beautiful symphony of life.

Music lives within all of us. I think dancing is a simple act of sharing your soul with others. A time when instead of our bodies housing our souls; our souls are visible to the world as if it was pinned to your chest. A vision of our spirits, our youth and wisdom at the same time.

The music we choose in our play list of life not only change with each growing experience but provides others with an outlook on who we really are. The songs that we choose to remember moments or sing to those we love... The songs we choose for special events or the ones that hurt too badly to listen too... these are all a part of us and an invitation to others to take a deeper look at the person inside.

Why is it that we gravitate to certain music, certain songs depending on our moods? Have you ever listened to the words to a song that comes on the radio, that you love when you are depressed but now you are in a good mood and just listen to the lyrics? Have you ever wondered why you resonate with that song?

What if we changed it up today and instead of grabbing for that album we favor when times are bad and we want to wallow in our sorrows, what if we grab for our happy music instead. Maybe we can change our moods a little quicker and the world could be a little better if we just.....dance.

6 comments:

Angel said...

Mandy:
You really need to be a writer
Your writing is so beautiful, you are wasting a very precious talent

Brandie said...

This is really beautiful! I think the world would be a horrible place without music. I know certain music makes me feel better and lifts my spirits. I can't imagine ever living without it in my life!

Sherry Dale Rogers said...

This reminds of one of my fav. county song Dance, I cant remember who it is by.
chorus:
"Dance, I hope you dance." This is absolutly beautiful.
Just for you Mandy I will do a happy dance in your honor.

Mandy said...

Mom ~ I am writing, I'm just not getting paid for it. ;)

Brandie ~ I agree completely. =)

Sherry ~ That's my song to my kids. I absolutely love that song. Let yourself be free when you dance. =)

Jo said...

Yes, you are writing! Beautifully I might add.

Lizzi said...

I love this post! I can't imagine not having music in my life and I don't understand people who don't enjoy music. For me, music brings up so many emotions that few other forms of creative outlet do.

And you're right about walking as a dance. How we walk is a signature. In my office at work I can't see people in the common area but I can hear them walk and I know who each one is by their steps.

You're a wonderful writer.