Is A Dancing Process
The purpose of dancing isn’t to end up at a particular spot on the floor. The purpose of dancing and of life is to enjoy every moment and every step, regardless of where you are when the music ends.” Wayne W. Dyer
We have been told: Life is a journey, not a destination. This itself is a metaphor. Later we are told: Life is not a journey but a process. This blog says thinking of life’s journey metaphorically as a dancing process, might improve our thinking.Like dancing, the purpose of life is not to end up at some destination. One purpose of dancing, like one purpose of life, is to enjoy. A dancing metaphor appeals to me; and apparently to many others. Dancing is said to be one of the most popular metaphors of all time. Dancing is the world’s favorite metaphor.Kristy Nilsson.
One reason I like metaphor is because it enhances understanding the way we do things. Life’s journey and decision making, which has been my writing topic, are both about the way we do things. Dancing is about the way we do things. As Bill Burnett and Dave Evans point out in Designing Your Future, 2016: Life is a journey, not a destination and decision making is a process, not an outcome. Life is not an outcome; it’s more like a dance. They conclude: Life design is just a really good set of dance moves.
Choreography is the art of creating and arranging dances. Decision making is the art of creating and arranging choices. It is pretty well agreed today that decision making, like dancing, is an art. Science can assist us in becoming more skilled choosers, but at its care, choice remains an art, Sheena Iyengar, The Art Of Choosing, 2010. Before that,
Gary Zukav, in The Dancing Wu Li Masters, 1979, says: The Wu Li Master does not teach; he “dances” with his student as he knows the universe dances with itself. Gary Zukav leads us by the hand into the dance, introducing us to the new amazing “Wu Li quantum physics”. Still more amazingly, we find that we are able to dance too — that we have always been part of the dance.
Life’s journey is a process of making decisions. To think of it as dancing is to think of it as a creative art, not a destination, with one objective of enjoying every step. This metaphor makes life’s journey an on-going process, not an achievement objective. The purpose of dancing is to have fun, not getting someplace. Having fun designing life’s journeyis just a really good set of dance moves. This leads to new adventures and to new learning.
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery. Martha Graham
A Dancing Metaphor Caveat: It has been suggested that living in “permanent white water” is like dancing with a gorilla. You don’t stop dancing when you feel like it, you stop dancing when the gorilla does. Gary Zukav