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The Dance Of Life

Updated on February 23, 2013

Mike's Common Sense

Life is nothing more than one large Arthur Murray Dance School. From the moment we take our first steps as toddlers, we go through life learning new and different steps. The music we dance to is the rhythm of life. With every new situation, relationship, and employer, we have to learn new steps to be successful.

As kindergartners and throughout elementary school we learn the basic steps of how to get along with others, and how to play well with others. As we enter high school we get into more complicated relationships; boyfriends, girlfriends, dating, the steps we learn change and become more complex. We learn that in a relationship sometimes you call the tune, and sometimes the other person will call the tune you both dance to.

As young adults we learn that our employers, and bosses will be calling the tune, and teach us the steps we have to dance to. As we grow and move up the corporate ladder, we learn that we have to follow the tune of our bosses, while calling the tune for our underlings. The dance becomes more complex.

In marriage we often find that the steps that were once so exciting have become routine and boring. To keep a marriage alive and vibrant you have to incorporate new steps from time to time to stay interested, or in time we will find new partners to dance with.

There is an old saying that people hate change, that is true, but they really hate dull and routine even more. Life is all about growth and change, and we reflect that in our dance.

Today life is changing at a pace never seen before by man. Everyday it seems that we have to learn new steps in order to survive. Life is certainly more difficult, but it is definitely not boring.

As for me, I’m dancing as fast as I can.


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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi muley,

      I love your metaphor.  I've always loved dancing, from the time I was a child.  How I loved going to weddings, where I could dance my little heart out.  My dad and grandpa used to dance with me.  I was so proud of myself as I learned all the 'moves'.  They taught me how to polka, tango, rumba, and waltz.  I also, when I was a child of about 10 or 11, joined a dance class.  I took tap dancing and ballet.  How I loved it!  When I became a teen, I taught my grandpa how to jitterbug, sigh,,such nice memories.  it's been a long time since I've gone dancing, and I miss it.  My biggest regret is that I didn't pursue my dancing.  I was a quick study and the best part, is, I would have stayed in shape LOL.  And, I wonder, after all this time, if I was following the beat of the wrong drummer :)

      Anyway, as to your metaphor, it's so true.  Always new steps to learn, and if you're to succeed, you need to be quick on the feet and one step ahead of the crowd.  Learning is good.  It's what keeps us in touch and up to date.  When we begin to lose the desire to learn is when we will fall by the wayside.  Not a good place to be. So, I'd like to believe that whatever drummer it is that I've been following, it's been my own beat.

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi C.S. Like Mama Casa once said we all gotta make our own kind of music. then you dance to your own beat.

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      ...and some of us would rather dance to our own music even if we get in trouble for daydreaming out the window.

      Your point of view is interesting, thanks for sharing.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      hi feline prophet, if you are good enought to glide throughlife like Fred Astaire, I envy you. lol

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Who would have thought that dancing was such an involved activity? What a great idea, linking it to life. I hope I've reached the stage where I can glide across the dance floor without much stress. :)