Lee Ann Womack recorded a very powerful song back in 2000 — I Hope You Dance. The song was written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers.
Womack says that the first time she heard I Hope You Dance she thought of her children. “These are things I want for them in life: to feel small when they stand beside the ocean, to give faith a fighting chance, to give the heavens above more than just a passing glance.” She believed that if her children understood the meaning of the lyrics when they were grown then she would have done her job as a mother.
This song reminds me of many things — my children, my mother who loves to dance, and the struggles of many as they face challenges in life… It reminds me of connection to others, energy, love, and hope for the future. It reminds me of the miracles of nature and synchronicity. It reminds me of the fact that doors open and close constantly over the years. Mom always says that the sun comes out after every rainstorm… All cause to celebrate and dance.
So, I have always loved to dance, the activity ebbing and flowing over the years depending on circumstances. But I dance much more now. It is good for the body, the heart, the soul. It connects us to nature and others. It forces us to breathe deeply and fully. It brings a smile to our face, even when we get the steps all wrong.
In honor of my children and grandchildren, my mother, my dance instructors and partners, and to each of you who read my blog, I share a reminder of the power and importance of dancing…