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Can You Hear the Music?

December 20, 2012

untitled, NY, 1940

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

~ Frederich Nietzsche

The holiday season is upon on. Most of us greet it with mixed feelings. Memories of good times and sad times and in between times waft about as we bustle about in preparation. A holiday tune will catch our attention and spark a smile, or a tear. By the time we reach midlife chances are better that we’ve come to our senses about what is and is not important, at least in the gift giving department. We’ve lived through lean times and flush times and have let go of our need to always give the perfect gift. Well, most of the time. We still have to shake ourselves into our senses now and again and remember that the gift of the season is something intangible.  What that something is, we must each decide.

There is a spark, a bit of creative juice in all good things, and as we end one year and head into a new one, our challenge, as the “dangerous old women” we are becoming ( Estes),  is to fan the flame of the truth that lives within us. It is so easy to be dragged hither and yon, lulled into complacency, or discouraged into despair, or carried away by a flightless fancy. We all fall prey to our perfect imperfection. It is exactly as it is supposed to be. Fortunately, we also have the gift of awareness, of choice, of the ability to bring ourselves back and learn something from our travels and travails in the process. I am inspired by those individuals who keep on keeping on, year after year, decade after decade. They remind me that the most important thing is not how often we stray, but how often we return to the path.

Let’s keep listening to the music in 2013.


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2012 6:58 pm

    I can hear it, Dorothy! I’m dancing with you! ^_^

    • December 20, 2012 8:44 pm

      You always make me smile Diane! Have a wonderful holiday! Hope you have some fun things planned!

  2. DD Hellebore permalink
    February 22, 2015 8:45 pm

    I love music and dancing! Can i repost this?

    • February 23, 2015 8:59 am

      As long as you supply appropriate credit and a link back to the site – or use wordpress reblog feature. Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

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