How to Dance with Disaster

Let’s face it the majority of life occurs outside of our control.  When things are going well, it can be easy to stay in step with the rhythm of life.  However, certain situations inevitably arise that change up the tempo of our daily lives.  Learning how to dance with disaster is an important skill for living a successful life.

 

The Rhythm of Life

It is obvious that life has many tempo changes, breaks from the action, and even the occasional incident that may leave us on side of the dance floor in crutches.  Learning how to transition into the next “song” in our life is crucial.  While we can’t walk around being doomsayers in the day to day, overwhelming optimism may set us up for a “sprained ankle.”  We have to keep the balance of optimism and reality, which can allow us to prepare ourselves for when the beat inevitably drops.

 

When the Beat Drops

I was always a practitioner of Hippy Dancing, which to me, is failing to wildly to the beat. This can look somewhat offputting when the music behind it suddenly stops and leads some people to assume that I may be a little off of center.  Three options present themselves in this situation, keep dancing wildly, slowly dwindle down or stop abruptly.  Let’s briefly look at each one.

 

Keep Dancing:

Pros – Shows you know how to dance with disaster

Cons – May make it a little difficult to get in sync with “next track” in life

Slowly Dwindle Down:

Pros –  Allows you to transition into the “next track” a little smoother,  which is a key to knowing how to dance with disaster.

Cons – May mean you are worried about not looking foolish

 

Stop Abruptly:

Pros – Saves energy, allows you to rest and catch a breath

Cons – It may look and feel awkward, it may make it difficult to get into the “next track”

 

What is the best transition?

Honestly, if you know how to dance with disaster, you will utilize all three of the previously mentioned options.  Sometimes you gotta dance through the awkward pauses of life.  Other times you have to slow down but keep dancing.  Another instance may require you just stop, take a breather and sit on the sidelines for a few seconds to catch your breath.  Life is a big dance party if you spend too much time worrying how to dance with disaster, you’re going to miss more steps than finding your own rhythm and “hippie dancing” through it.

To Quote 311 from the Song Strangers:

“Now I don’t know you, you don’t know me
But I can show you where’s the beat
And you can do as you feel, as long as you move
Two perfect strangers sharing a groove:

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