That's a Japanese proverb. I like it.
My daughter Brandi and little Ella live it.
And that's just one of the things I love about them.
When I was out there for Ella's 5th birthday in January, their latest love was "Hairspray" - both the movie and the soundtrack.
They've watched it, oh, like a gazillion times and Ella knows the words to all the songs and Brandi can practically recite the entire dialog.
But the thing I enjoyed so much is these two sweeties of mine would sing...LoUDly..and, not so ..uh..on-key.
But that didn't matter. They sang loud and they laughed and they danced around their little condo and all was perfect with the entire world at that moment...
To watch this, I was reminded of what a gift this was. To be a witness to such a disregard of what "other" people think, without judgment of themselves - it was pure delight.
So, why don't more of us sing? Dance? I think I read that is more a fear of judgment than one of control.
Why do we judge ourselves so harshly? Take a day off from perfection and be an idiot, a clown, a "silly-why-don't-you-act-your-age" sort of person. Who knows, you may even make yourself totally happy.
Here are a couple of quotes I found and love:
"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak" - Hopi saying
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music" - Angela Monet
Friendsters Forever- :-)