Day 931. How to improve upon crummy days

October 12, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 931.  Friday, October 11, 2013
6 pm came and I dashed out of work to meet a friend to go dancing.

I didn’t want to go—work really sucked the life out of me.  I would have preferred going home and doing nothing all by myself.  But I already agreed to go – so I didn’t want to let my friend down.

When we got to our destination– no one was on the dance floor.  We began dancing—it was inevitable that we’d be seen by anyone… by everyone…

Instead of getting nervous I embraced the opportunity to enjoy myself.  We danced a cha-cha—which is one of my better dances.  Though I’ve done it before, it was still an exhilarating feeling to dance in a public setting.

As we were walking back to our table we passed by a couple who had been watching us dance.

Woman:  “Excuse me, you two dance very well.  Do you take lessons somewhere?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Yes, we take lessons at the XYZ Dance Studio.”

The woman was with her significant other— he seemed just as interested in learning more about our dance experience.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Do you dance at all?”

Woman:  “Not at all.  I think we’d be very clumsy at it.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “The first time I walked into the studio I was terrified.  I told the instructors I don’t have any coordination or confidence but I figured they could help me in both areas.”

Woman:  “And they certainly have!  Watching you dance out there—I can see the confidence!”

Smiling Daffodil:  “The thing is—I’m super shy—an introvert—this dance club is the LAST place I ever imagined myself walking into.  Yet my friends and I love coming out here.  Dancing has done that for me.”

The couple listened attentively and the woman asked more questions about the type of dancing, frequency and so forth.

I also explained that dancing was the best thing to have happened to me.

By the end of the conversation we learned their names—Veronica and Geoffrey.  They both seemed quite sold on the idea of dancing and said they’d look into it.

Roe and I continued to ‘dominate’ the dance floor – and by the time we left, we received several additional comments of praise for our skills and for entertaining the crowd.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Did I mention my day wasn’t that great?  Funny how dancing cleared my mind!”

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

The lesson in this story:  I know I’ve been on a ‘keep busy’ kick with these blog stories lately.  But my point in sharing them is to inspire you to find activities that will engage your body physically and mentally.  When you have a crummy day at work, go to that activity that will give you joy and happiness.

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

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