Forgive the grainy picture. Look beyond that if you will. Do you see her? The bleached blonde in the middle with her pom held high. That was me.
Over 20 years ago. How much life has been lived since that moment?! Oh, so, so much.
That girl, taking the floor to perform with her college dance team, knew so little about the important things in life.
But, there are some things I did know, even then, out on that floor, that still remain true today:
1. Keep your head high, smile,& engage with others. After all, someone is always watching you. Someone is always needing your smile. Your encouragement. Your connection. No longer is my audience a crowd of college students. Now it is often my own children, maybe their friends, my friends, or my co-workers. But the need doesn't change. They need, I need, that smile... encouragement.. connection. Boldly, courageously, continue to go out & shine a beam of joy & energy for others to be encouraged by.
2. It's ok to fail. The effort is still worth it. Our teams didn't always win. As dancers, we didn't always nail the performance. But it was still so very worth it. Looking back now, I cherish every moment on that team. Win or lose, each moment brought such sweet memories & life lessons. In whatever season of life you are currently in, don't be afraid to chase a goal. If you fail, you are still closer to success than if you'd never started. Now you're simply wiser, and better prepared! .
3. Be you! Our performances were meant to be performed as if we were one unit. Synchronized & precise. But it was the uniqueness of each dancer that made our team special. We all looked different. Different hair. Different sizes. Different interests & personalities. We learned from each other. We leaned on each other. That is what made us shine. Don't ever find yourself trying to be anything other than who the good Lord made you to be. The world needs the beauty and uniqueness that is you! So go, my sweet friend, go shine your light! Be you!! .
Take time to reminisce. What have you learned in life's sweet seasons? How have you grown through life's tough seasons? Find joy in those lessons from memory lane. Decide what to do with it!