The Dance

There are only so many chances at anything in life, while we are here on this earth.  Make sure you at least sample as many as is appropriate.

The Garth Brooks hit song The Dance, puts into words better than I can, just what I mean.

That song was written by Tony Arata. I saw this fine gentleman, and he seems ever bit a gentleman, sing the song on a show that features singer songwriters singing their own songs. You know, just them and a acoustic guitar singing what the wrote, and therefore felt. Powerful stuff.

This song is about much more than a dance, or even a personal relationship. It speaks to life itself.

I am fortunate because I have made it to the dance many times in my life (that means different things to each of us), but I have missed even more. The best moments of my life, and life (to me) is a series of moments, came when I took the chance and made the dance. My worst were often when I was afraid to dance.

The Dance by Tony Arata


Looking back
On the memory of
The dance we shared
Beneath the stars above
For a moment
All the world was right
How could I have known that you’d ever say goodbye

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end
The way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain,
But I’d of had to miss the dance

Holding you, I held everything
For a moment wasn’t I the king?
But if I’d only known how the king would fall
And who’s to say?
You know, I might have changed it all

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end
The way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain,
But I’d of had to miss the dance

Yes, my life it’s better left to chance
I could have missed the pain,
But I’d of had to miss the dance 

The song of course is speaking of our lives on this good earth, and it means simply if you don’t risk pain, there will never be any gain.

Our brief visit here in these bodies on this earth is meant (my opinion) to be lived in way in which we have few regrets. Few personal regrets, and few moral regrets. In between those so-called dances, I know that unfortunately I managed to accumulate more than my share personal and moral regrets. The answer to that is not to fail to experience life, but do judiciously and morally.

Our avian friends know something about living life fully, and also about “the dance”

God Bless,
Wayne

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