Begin, Again, Anew

No matter what anyone tells you, no matter what happens in your life, you can always get up and start again.  That’s what life is about.

I was inspired by Robin Roberts, who I once heard say, “Begin, Again, Anew.”  This could not be a more perfect saying for dancers.  And she truly means what she is saying because she is a perfect example of this saying.  Robin has overcome major obstacles in her life, only to come out better than odds would allow. For those of you who do not know who Robin Roberts is, I will fill you in.  Currently, Robin is the anchor of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.”  Before becoming an anchor on TV, Robin was a sportscaster on ESPN for 15 years.  She became co-anchor on “GMA” in 2005.

Robin has been treated for breast cancer and Myelodysplastic Syndrome.  In 2007 Robin was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer.  She completed 8 chemotherapy treatments, followed by 6 ½ weeks of radiation treatments. In 2012, she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a disease of the bone marrow.  She left her morning show in October 2012 and returned on February 20, 2013.  One of the things I found remarkable about Robin was her desire to make the public aware of her disease.  She allowed her network to document and build a public service campaign around her battle with a rare disease.  Robin did this so she could inspire hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register and heighten awareness of the need for more donors.

In our careers, there will be many highs and lows.  And just like Robin, in order to be victorious at whatever it is we want, we must pursue through it all.  There is an old saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”  Perhaps it sounds easier said then done.  But I’m here to tell you – anyone can accomplish anything if your head, heart and soul are all connected to the cause.  Of course, attitude has a lot to do with it.

So let’s focus in on dancers and take this personally.  No matter what your situation is currently, there is a way, answer, fix, clue, remedy and/or solution if you want to accomplish great things.  Most of the time, we need to understand our dilemma, focus and be pro-active.  If you are working towards your goal, things seem to have a sense of order. With balance in your life, there is an opportunity for things to fall into place naturally.  Sometimes the very thing we are working on right now brings us to exactly where we need to be in the future.  The end justifies the means.

Let’s say you can’t seem to get that dance groove just right, you can keep practicing with the music until it feels just right, ask your partner to help you through it or ask your dance coach to specifically pinpoint “why” you are not getting it.  We all need a little extra help every now and then.  That brings up an important point, asking for help is “okay.” Asking for help clarifies our position and makes us stronger.  There is no need to beat yourself up for anything either.  No one is perfect.  Life goes on, even the earth rotates its direction, and so should we!

A wonderful, simple exercise to practice is to “see things in your mind’s third eye.”  What we are doing here, is allowing spiritual energy to enter our mind and connect with our thoughts to bring us what it is we desire.  If you have ever seen people with painted dots in the middle of their forehead, it is a spiritual reminder to focus and be open enough to let creativity flow through.  A lot of artists and creative people understand this way of thinking.  I have found it very useful myself.  Note:   the painted  dot is not physically needed to achieve the visual effect; it is a suggestion and/or option.

Most of us learn through the mistakes we have made in the past.  At times, it seems like life is a series of trials and error.  No one knows this better than us dancers.  We’ve got to get up and keep trying to make every dance look like it is easy to do.  No dance is complete without hours of practice.  Us dancers pay our dues.  Progress equals success in dancing.  If you put in the time, you get results.  And if you can see it in your “third eye,” chances are that you will come out exactly the way you picture it because you are focused, poised and ready to accept it as reality.

I would like all of you dancers to understand how powerful it is to be able to“Begin, Again, Anew.”  It is entirely a privilege to be able to do what you love to do and be able to do it anytime you want to!  I would like to also inspire you to endure, even on the darkest day – the light does come.  In closing, I would like to leave you with the words of Casey Treu, who is Fordney Foundation’s recent scholarship winner from Brigham University and someone I recently did a blog on, get to the point where you “compete against yourself.”

Thought Of The Week:

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website