Day 916. Keeping busy can wipe away memories of bad days.

October 6, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 916.  Thursday, September 26, 2013
About halfway into my dance lesson my instructor looked at me and said, “Shall we do some Lindy Hop?”

I grinned.

The song that was playing was not a Lindy Hop song but I didn’t let it dampen my spirit.

James:  “Not sure about this song.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “That’s ok. I can Lindy to anything!”

James led me through dance steps I hadn’t done in a several weeks.  As I began certain moves I wondered if I’d get them right.

Sure enough, I did.  Oh I was excited!  But with my excitement, I’d mess up.

The song ended.  I was beaming with a big grin.

James led me to the laptop that had the music playlist for the studio.  I figured we were finished Lindy Hopping for the day.

Then out of nowhere a Lindy Hop song began.  James selected the song for me.  I grabbed his arm and we walked briskly to the center of the studio.

You’d think I won the lottery.  I was bursting with excitement.

We danced, oh how we danced.  I broke out into a sweat with all the kicking involved in that dance.  I giggled periodically as I executed steps that were especially fun.

The dance ended and we returned to practicing the other dances—Tango and Waltz.

I left dance class with a smile on my face.  The frustrations from work had melted from my mind as a result of dance class.

The Dale Carnegie principle used in this story is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Keep busy.

The lesson in this story:  instead of focusing on your bad day, immerse yourself in an activity that you enjoy.  Before you can even realize it—your mood will be transformed from negative to positive.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil

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