Looking Straight Ahead – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, December 2, 2011


I’m a fidget-er.  I cannot sit still. I scratch, shuffle, pull, poke, and generally squiggle like a worm in hot ashes. The moment I have to be perfectly still (I just scratched), and immediately my nose itches.  I have to scratch when I run, swim, and I even wake up during the night to scratch my back

My mind is just the same way.  I’m impatient and my mind runs a thousand miles an hour. There is paper and pen all around my house, on me personally, and in my car.  Ideas come to me in torrents of thought and they must be written down before they fly away. Cooking for me becomes a flurry of additions, spices, and concoctions, resulting in many dishes that come together fantastically at the last minute.

Dancing. When it’s time to choreograph, I stand still, close my eyes, and listen to the music with a pen and paper in my hand.  Get this, I can SEE the dancers in my mind and I stop the music to quickly write down what appeared in my imagination before it leaves.  When the choreography is done, I just have to close my eyes again, watch the dancing video in my imagination, and make sure it is all preserved on paper.  Wow!

The down side to this is that I’m one of those people who hits the delete and back buttons all the time on the PC. I’m always in a hurry, I get upset easily and I’m so impatient.  I know this drives those near me crazy.

What to do!!!  Well, I take a deep breath and say, “Think before you speak”, and then I remember a lesson from my childhood.  I bring to memory this old verse:

Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to thepaths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left.

Since I have been a runner and dancer for so many years, I know that having balance is so important.  My dad used to say to me, “Do everything in Moderation”. It has taken me 55 years to learn that self-control is a wonderful key to living a long, peaceful life.

When it comes to health and fitness, patience truly is a virtue. Take it one step at a time. Enjoy each small success.  Remember, each failure is just a stepping stone to a new success. Enjoy the Journey!

Next Month: How much have I lost?


Very Sincerely,

David Earl Woodbury

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