A fragile vase sits upon a pedestal, enjoying the warmth of the sunlight through
the window, when all of sudden BAM! The window breaks, as a ball propels it forward
onto the hardwood floor. It is broken. Pieces seem to be strewn all over.
The vase will never be the same.
Is there strong enough glue to keep it together?
Will it retain the water to feed the flowers that are placed inside of the vase?
You can hear the crunch of the glass, as the ball rolls to a stop and the final pieces fall…clink, clink, and crunch. Then there is a mysterious…Silence. The parts are brushed together into a small pile… sharp edges, flawed, and imperfect. Waiting… Wondering…
Suddenly a warm healing light appears that will help restore its splendor. This light of strength sees the magnificent beauty of the pieces. With the strength of a father and heart of a mother, this Shining Light gets to work. The pieces are glued one, by one in a unique and beautiful pattern. No, it will never be the same fragile vase it was before, the initial core is the same, but this vase has even MORE strength and beauty from within.
There is LIFE to it again. It will no longer be placed up high on a pedestal. It will sit at the family table and breathe in the miracles around it. Flowers can again be placed inside to be nurtured and cared for. That “vase” which was once broken and lost has been now been found and RESTORED with eternal love.
Can you hear it? No, not the “voice in your head”silly. The Music!!
It’s always there within your reach. Everyone has a song or tune that speaks to them, touches their souls and inspires their inner well-being.
So… what’s your “signature tune?”
You know the one, the song that — no matter what — you will sing out loud in your car or shower; the one to which you will always get up and DANCE!
A playback button pushed or keyboard clicked will start the music that may be the one thing needed to create new ideas and chase those troubles away. So turn it up! Crank the volume and DANCE.
Okay, full disclosure. I am Dance Teacher, so music is an important part of the job, but I’m also a Wife, Mom, Writer and Editor so I’m tossing an eclectic mix of “personalities” into the world. It can get a little stressful at times, but I have always been one for multitasking. Music & Dance have been and always will be my default solutions to my challenges.
Thus my motto: “When in Doubt…Dance it out!”
To me, MUSIC and DANCE combined is actually the solution to nearly anything.
– Let’s say you have a PowerPoint of important graphics/sales forecasting, or photos from your recent vacation. Watch it for one minute. Now add MUSIC and watch it again; any difference?
– You are on a road trip to your next sales meeting, in a convertible (because it sounds fun), top down. Yes, the sound of the wind whipping through your hair is nice, but turn up a favorite tune? It is SO much better.
– You have been wracking your brain with an overwhelming problem to solve. Play a little music, and you may just find the answer. It’s the standard ‘walk away from a challenge; take a breath to get a fresh view’ technique with a little zing to make you sing.
Consider a myriad of everyday events made better by music and dance:
-The movie trailer with the voice overs, but without dramatic music? No Way!
-The sports event without the musical interludes, or cheers…Not even…
– The climactic scene in a thriller video without drums beating or ominous music… I don’t think so.
-A bride walking down the aisle in total silence… weird.
-The world famous university marching band entering the field quietly… can’t even imagine!
Dance is all about steps. Heck so is life, family and business. So listen to a favorite singer or band and begin moving forward, one step at a time. If you are the more adventurous type, you could even add a leap or spin… oooooh!
Make some noise! Get some ideas! Build your business! Have fun with your family!
Dance. It. Out.
Ps: Animals love music too! –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3bwpBuHgTU&sns=em
Each person has their OWN definition of what THEY love, or whom they love, but the basis of all these lies within. This definition comes from the heart, that core of your existence that can spark emotions from others.
In a similar vein, there is or should be a unique essence that defines YOU or YOUR Business.
What is your Passion? What is your business Passion?
One of my passions is teaching students of all ages the art of dance. I show them how to embrace the JOY of dance and movement. Teaching technique is obviously very important, as is a business development plan to keep a steady flow of new students. But, in my opinion, even the finest technician or well-designed plan will not succeed without passion. Without passion in dance, there wouldn’t be a connection with your audience. Without passion in your business, the connection with your customers will fall flat…
Fortunately, writing is also a passion for me. I enjoy making correlations between teaching dance and real world experiences. I demonstrate how we can all learn about ourselves through expression in the arts, business, sports, or whatever legally fuels our desires. I of course am passionate about making dance an experience and inspiring others. However, I also enjoy helping others express their own true words by editing while retaining the “inner fire” of their own words. I find JOY in all of these things. One could say I’m a naturally “passionate” person.
Are you passionate?
Why is Passion so important in your life, family and business?
1. Passion stirs the emotion and creates opportunity.
2. Passion is ambitious.
3. Passion communicates.
4. Passion promotes enthusiasm.
5. Passion sells.
I believe that everyone, including you, possesses POWER for PASSION, as long as they tap into their inner heart strings and listen.
Ba boom, Ba boom…. Your heart is beating… faster, faster…
Listen to the rhythm of your heart. Seize the OPPORTUNITY. Get on the dance floor.
Find YOUR Passion. Use it as “fuel” for your business, your family, your life and YOU will find SUCCESS.
Find your signature hue. The world is a blank canvas, and YOU can add all the color your precious heart desires. Hold the paintbrush in your hands and find the color that defines you right now because 5-10 minutes from now, it may morph into another, equally beautiful hue. I can hear the young dancers state their fairy wing color preferences of the day…
“Pink with Sparkles!” “Every color in the world!” “Blue with yellow polka dots!” “Purple with black swirls!” “Rainbow!” “Green, orange, and blue with pink flowers!” “No! Wait! How about…!”
Now Paint! Without overthinking, without second-guesses. Just paint, add pigment, throw in water, and mix it up. This is YOUR painting. The finished product will always hold a special place in your life’s gallery.
Touch the stars. They are tiny windows to the universe. They bring us out of darkness, and seemingly shine when we need them the most. They glimmer with hope, love and promise. Even when we think we can’t reach one anymore….we can. Go ahead. Touch them. And remember they are not always in the sky. They also shine through those around us.
Dancers up on their toes, arms lifting as high as they can reach. Reaching to the ends of their fingertips. They close their eyes and feel the heat of the light. A spin may follow as their arms extend even higher. Smiles seems to grow with their stretching. They are shining in the moment, just as the stars encompass the world in its moment.
Sing your admirations. Loud. From your heart. Like you are singing for thousands.
Uninhibited Joy unfolds as we play a favorite song in the class. Grabbing our scarves, we sing as if each was the only person in the room. Turn on your internal microphone. Crank up the volume, because this is YOUR song. It that touches your soul and moves your spirit. Sing!
Imagine. Envision. Get lost in the story. Pretend.
That’s all the pre-ballerinas require to get-away…a mind with imagination not quieted by negative internal ego. With their wheels turning, they visit oh so many places, they create, and innovate. Inspiring.
Pretend you are whoever you want to be… right now. There’s no one saying “you can’t do this” because it’s YOUR place to visit…in your head.
DANCE without inhibition, with abandoned enthusiasm. Shake it out! Feel the music, dance from your inner core, and within your soul. Feel the energy you are creating.
My hearts overflows while we dance together. I am entertained to the core. The young ones move without apprehension, they jump and turn with JOY, they don’t carry any burdens in that moment. The music is on and they must DANCE. They MUST dance. The music is ON!! 🙂
These are Five unassuming, important skills I learn every class…
in a dance studio bursting with the future of this world
and giftwrapped in a tutu.
The sweet, clinking sounds of music notes to your ear…
“Ting, ting, ting” or maybe it’s more like a “CLAAANG, CLAAANG, CLAAANG!”
No matter how the “bell” sounds to you… It’s time to RING in the New Year. Okay. So it’s January 10th. The “new year” has already been “rung” in. True. But ever since my daughter pulled out Great Gram’s bell on New Year’s Eve, I’ve been thinking about the significance of BELLS throughout my lifetime. So yes, we did. We literally RANG in 2014!! (Insert applause, bell ringing, cheers and an enthusiastic Woooooooo”)
Now the work for “2014 Pam” starts. Every year there is a theme for “New Year Pam.” This year it is about moving forward, one step at a time. Yes, we may step back at times, but as long as we keep moving. We are dancing!
Dancing with “bells on our toes” to this thing called “Life.”
Back to “BELLS.” Have you ever noticed that the actual sound of a “bell” ignites a physical reaction? Sometimes bells ring to start something, while others ring to end something. That moment when the sound waves hit your eardrums, your brain tells you to MOVE. Do something.
DING. DING. DING. Round One. You can feel the adrenaline as you “fight” to get it right so you aren’t knocked out.
BRRRRING. The School Bell. (A timer of sorts) Class has ended. Pack up your books and move to the next one. You have 5 minutes between class. Move it! Pretty soon it will ring again for the next class. (Note: I realize some schools have more of an electronic beep sound these days, but let’s keep it to the “old school…school bell”)
Ding, Ding. Ting. Ting. DOOOOOONG. Doooooong. The Grandfather Clock. I’ll never forget the sound of my parents old clock. It would ring on the hour the amount of hours it was. As a child, we always looked forward to the 12 o’clock hour. Why? 12 Bell Dings!
LIBERTY BELL – “the iconic symbol of America’s Independence” I am most certain that sound was incredible to hear. Isn’t that why we always say…. “Let Freedom RING!”
CHURCH BELLS/WEDDING BELLS. Musical notes and chimes permeate the air with celebratory sounds.
Other bells to ponder:
1. The much anticipated BELL to ring at the end of a cancer patients final Chemotherapy.
2. Bar bells (the clanging of a much appreciated tip) or the completion of a drink special.
3. The goal oriented BELL at the top of a rock wall.
4. The ting, ting text message ring from your teenager… saying “I LOVE YOU, MOM”
5. The sailor-like celebratory clicks of your heels (referred as bells in the dance world)
6. The sweet little bell that rings on your Christmas Tree that reminds you of the line from It’s a Wonderful Life. “Every time a bell rings… an ANGEL gets its wings.”
BELLS are all around us.
To start something. To end something. To send a message. To celebrate. To call us to action.
They are ringing right now. Can you HEAR them?
A new employee walking toward the glass-walled boardroom sees people in ‘business casual’ attire knocking around brightly colored balloons. She hears them yelling joyfully and wonders, “What is going on? Are they actually …working?” The smell of freshly brewed coffee permeates the air as the art director reaches across to smack the red balloon in the air. Two giggling copywriters dive for the same green balloon to keep it off the floor. Pop! Smack! Then an orange balloon is catapulted in the air accompanied by a triumphant, “Yes!”
The “scene” just described was common in my work experience virtually every morning, particularly as we began our annual Design Book photo shoot planning sessions. After friendly exchanges among floral designers, writers, models, photographers and support staff, the creative meeting would commence. My job as Project Manager was to keep all elements on schedule, maintain quality, promote teamwork, and ensure that ideas flowed freely. The team was expected to create unique concepts and floral arrangements that had not been seen before. With a team of talented professionals eager for action, I found that starting out our day with a little play ignited creative fires within everyone. Each day had a surprise of fun that tapped into everyone’s inner child. This simple concept delivered AMAZING results for each of us professionally and for the company’s product offerings.
So I invite you to pick up a balloon.
Start batting it around.
Tap into your creativity and just PLAY.
This action works wonders within your business and family. Whether you’re trying to solve a vexing problem, come up with an idea, or create something new; enjoy the moment in front of you and eliminate the potential for negative inner thoughts. PLAY with your co-workers or family members. There may be a frown or two from employees who do not fully understand the creative process. Don’t let that stop you. If the idea produces sales, helps you write a chapter or creates a unified team, people will eventually start bouncing around their own balloons.
Many successful companies are now embracing this play in many forms, supported by open area workspaces, sports-related activities, brightly colored walls, mood lighting, and more. What creative activity can you do to improve productivity and generate new sales for your company and yourself? Start with a little balloon play and work up from there.
The power of play can enhance relationships. When it comes down to it, relationships in business and families are what LIFE is all about. Even the relationship within YOU may need some fun.
- Create together.
- Laugh together.
- Jump up and down together.
- Act like a child for a moment.
- Problem Solve.
- Change the scenery and embrace… the POWER of PLAY…
Then let me know how many balloons your team manages to keep from hitting the floor.
Note: This is a post I originally wrote as a Featured Contributor for SheOwnsIt.com – it was previously published in July of 2013.
In this fast paced, complex world of technology and social media, let’s remind ourselves, our children and those around us to USE these three simple manners we learned as toddlers.
Simple Manners that SHOULD last thru time (no matter HOW old you are):
“ThreePeat” after me:
1. If you need help, if you need something, if you need anything, please just Say PLEASE.
2. Be grateful for the actions of others, be humble, if you receive a compliment, if you appreciate something, Say THANK YOU.
3. If you mess up, and we all will once in a while….Say I’M SORRY.
A simple concept, that surprisingly needs to be used a lot more! Especially with adults. 🙂
Taking a moment to share my first post as a featured contributor from She Owns It.com. (Originally published on July 11, 2013). I am thankful for the opportunity to promote creativity and continue to inspire others. If you get a chance to click on the link above and read, I would love some feedback. Until then….I hope YOU embrace the Power of PLAY!! It may just help you with your next project…. 🙂
It’s a relationship like none other. From the moment that swaddled tiny human being is handed to YOU; your heart overflows with LOVE. Then a precious, miraculous moment follows… the tiny baby girl opens her eyes and looks into yours. It will take your breath away.
You are a DADDY.
The moments are fleeting but so joyous. She will grow right in front of your eyes, with her unconditional love. She will wear her heart on her sleeve. She will fill your soul with an infectious laughter, and will turn to you with her tears. That precious baby girl, your daughter, is your biggest fan. She will follow you around in your big shoes, literally, and she’ll watch you. How you work. How you treat her Mommy. How you make funny noises with your mouth. How you take your pencil, circling it around to create beautiful drawings for her. Your daughter is simply mesmerized with your being.
She puts on her princess dress and twirls in front of you.
You pick her up and spin her around, again locking eyes. You can see that in her smile is PURE JOY!!
“Dance with me, Daddy!”
As she places her tiny feet onto yours, the music starts and together you dance. You will treasure this moment for the rest of your life. In fact you will honor each moment that you are hand in hand swaying to music and twirling on the dance floor in your home.
Soon she gets a little older, she’ll still spin for you with a new outfit or new shoes, but her attention span has widened. She spends time with friends, listens to music, goes to dance class, and writes in her journal. She reads her latest book, watches her favorite television show, and becomes obsessed with the new boy band or singer. That baby girl, who eyes were only for Daddy, seems to be drifting, growing and blooming into a beautiful young woman. Soon she’ll ask you to drop her off a block early, or at the door of the mall, so no one sees you.
But don’t fret; you are still her one and only DADDY. You will always be a huge part of her ever-expanding heart. She will turn to you in times of need, she’ll ask for your advice, share funny stories, and laugh heartily when you play the old songs to which you danced. She will always be your BABY Girl.
“Daddy, I made the cheerleading squad!”
“Daddy, why are boys so silly?”
“Daddy, sometimes girls can be really mean.”
“Daddy, a boy asked me to dance!”
“Daddy, why do bad things happen to good people?”
“Daddy, what would you do?”
“Daddy, I met someone!”
“Daddy, we’re getting married.”
The wedding march music begins in the church. It is time to walk your Baby Girl, your precious daughter down the aisle to her future spouse. Memories of her childhood flood your mind as tears roll down your face. She turns to you with those same eyes that met you for the first time a long time ago and says, “I LOVE YOU, Daddy.”
To my Dad and all of the Dad’s out there…
Happy Father’s Day.
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a DADDY.” ~ Proverb