Dance Like There’s Nobody Watching

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell




In an essay in USA Weekend, Virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell recalled the time he entered his first violin competition:





I was 11 years old and nervous. I began with the worst blunder of my life, my fingers slipping off the violin entirely. My heart sank as a I realized that I could never win over the judges. So I gave up trying to be perfect, which, amazingly, resulted in a wonderful sense of freedom. I gave the best performance of my life, taking home a prize.



Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes


Bell’s story called to mind the goose bump-generating performance of 16-year-old Sarah Hughes, who vaulted from fourth place to a gold medal in figure skating in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Thinking she was out of contention, a pressure-free Hughes skated with joyous abandon. Her flawless, free-spirited performance was one of the most technically demanding routines in the history of Olympic women’s competition. She pulled off seven triple jumps—five in combination—then nailed a huge triple toe loop-triple loop combo. It was a performance for the ages, and it was only possible because Hughes skated in a spirit of celebration rather than competition. Afterwards, she told the press:

I skated for pure enjoyment. That’s how I wanted my Olympic moment to be.


SARAH HUGHES’ GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE
IN THE 2002 OLYMPICS






I’m betting that everyone reading this can relate. When pressure bears down on us like a freight train, we typically wilt. It’s in those magical moments when we use our God-given talents for the sheer joy of expressing them that we give the performance of our lives.

There is no worse sickness for the soul, o you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.
Rumi

Ah, but how do we shrug off the pressure and give ourselves over to the joy of the moment, the joy of simply being alive? In a word, surrender. Call it surrender to God, to divine will, to the universe, or simply to life itself—peak performance comes when we drop the ego and our own self-importance.

You’ve gotta’ dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt.
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth
.
William Purkey






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6 Responses to “Dance Like There’s Nobody Watching”

  1. pbadstibner Says:

    Wow some well put together thoughts

    Thankx

    pbadstibner

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    My pleasure, pbadstibner!

  3. Renee - the book angel Says:

    Touching – Tears running down cheeks. Thank You.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re very welcome, Renee!

  5. Andréia Says:

    Thank God for the internet. Although this post is a little old, I was hugely enconuraged by it today. Thanks a lot!

    God bless you!

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re very welcome, Andreia! I think you’ll find that the vast majority of posts on this blog are timeless.

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