Good Influences

I spent a couple days over the course of three weeks putting together a dance for a Talent Show my church was putting on. I had wonderful help in my efforts from a couple friends of mine. I actually co-choreographed an entire dance to Sarah McLachlan’s “Do What You Have To Do.” It turned out to be a very beautiful piece and I was proud to perform it. Though my execution that night at the Talent Show wasn’t perfect, I was able to dance it with all my heart, which is what matters most. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to perform a little. I’m grateful too to have been blessed with the health to be able to dance. As I continue working on my “Dance Experiment” each week, my Achilles tendons grow stronger. It is very exciting for me. I will probably always struggle with my Achilles tendons for the rest of my life, but finding ways to still dance around my weakness has been empowering and fulfilling.

I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for all the wonderful people in my life, be they family or friends or colleagues. They are great examples to me. They are kind, caring, and uplifting. They live lives of goodness and righteousness. They share and express love openly and freely. They help me to be a better me and those kinds of people are the best kinds of people. I hope I do the same for them in return. I hope to be the kind of person who makes the people around them happier, and encourages them to be their best possible self.

Some quotes about friendship:

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
― Helen Keller

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
― Jon Katz

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.”
― Shel Silverstein

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
― Charles Lamb, The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb

Go to to see the dance to “Do What You Have To Do.”

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