Dance: Have You Seen My Sense of Wonder? It is Missing!

12/12/12… and wishing I could be by the ocean, or in a forest. I woke up extra early this morning with Lee Ann Womack’s song going through my head….dance… Lately it isn’t dance, specifically, that I have been missing. It is that inner pull or urge to BE the dance.

I have been absent from my blog for a couple of weeks…. I have run out of inspiration and the threads to my sense of wonder have disappeared from my heart. Either I truly have nothing to say; difficult to believe after thousands of words, right? Or my heart is completely silent.

I attribute it to overwork, and lack of time for regrouping and pondering. A lack of a sense of wonder puts me in the mode where I am solely going through the motions. That is rare territory for me. Keep me (and my students) in your prayers. Many of my students have finals between now and 12/21. What I really want to do today is to walk along the ocean shore (on Long Beach Island, NJ — pre-Sandy damage) and hear the waves (and eat some scallops)…. or sit in a lovely rowboat on a lake in MN …. or time travel back to my early 20s on a special retreat—when some new found friends restored my joy and called me Queen of the Nile….

Instead I am here; prepping my students, trying to edit my son’s book, and trying to compile a project of my own.

My husband is bogged down with work and deadlines. I have shopping to finish for out of town loved ones. I am overwhelmed, and my focus is off….. so today, perhaps, Lee Ann Womack is beckoning me ~ (and maybe you, too) to not lose that sense of wonder. In my case, I need to regain my sense of wonder before I can be mindful not to lose it!

I’ll be back soon….. I am sharing Lee Ann Womack’s song lyrics:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance; I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance; I hope you dance; (Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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42 Responses to Dance: Have You Seen My Sense of Wonder? It is Missing!

  1. Julie Church says:

    Thanks for the reminder Kate, this time of year when EVERYONE gets busy, it is easy to lose the wonder. I hope others read this and remember to pause long enough to enjoy all that God has made us that’s all around us. The ocean, the mountains, dancing, a simple smile, the naked trees, children, grandchildren, . . . . . .
    And the list could go on and on, and thank you again for the reminder. ~ Julie

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Julie~~ you are so welcome! It is so very easy to rush through our days and just not SEE the beauty and wonder…..every fiber of our being needs to notice, needs to see….

      • Julie Church says:

        I agree!
        I think people have become too busy to experience, they just scan the edges and they don’t even realize they aren’t experiencing, but merely existing.
        Have a great day of wonderment Kate!

  2. reneeboomer says:

    Awe Kate. Your plate is full! You will be back full of ‘wonderful, magical words’. Always remember, “God never gives us more than we can handle”. All the best to you. Maybe you just need a wee break for now and you will be back at it in the New Year. Merry Christmas My friend. Renee 🙂 hugs.

  3. Ray's Mom says:

    Love that song, “one door closes, another opens” – faith in action. Lovely post, always enjoy your posts.

  4. Ah, Kate, almost everyone I follow is not posting right now.
    And what makes you think this honestly-written post would not inspire someone, hmm? It makes me feel very good, not that you are worried, but that I am not alone!
    Great minds crash now and then. It’s a self-defense mechanism God built into us. So, you take longer to reach your crash limit than most people and therefore you have no idea what is going on with you and how normal it is for most people. 🙂
    We are friends with a couple, of which the husband recently had a stroke. Before that event, he could recall all the phone numbers of every friend and business he needed. After, he had to look them up and had trouble remembering even his own. It devastated him, but few people had much sympathy, most saying, “Welcome to MY world!”
    Well, welcome, Dearst Kate, to how the rest of us live. 🙂
    We’re more twinny than ever, now, and I think we are the only remaining “twinkies” in the whole wide world! 😆

  5. P.S. Did you look under the bed? :rolls:

  6. TBM says:

    I do love that song. I hope everything works out Kate. Sometimes life can be overwhelming and this time of year is hard. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Take care

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I hope you have a splendid holiday season, too! Everything will work out. I will have fewer tutoring sessions over the holidays, and some wonderful time with my family. It will be good!

  7. We all have those periods of time when we just don’t have the energy or the words to blog. It doesn’t mean our hearts are silent. It just means we need to take time to be silent and let God show us His wonder. Sending you warm thoughts and Christmas blessings, Kate. ♥

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Oh you are so wise to say that. In our silence He speaks and shows us. In the stillness of the night He came to us. Thanks for the warm thoughts, Christmas blessings, and wise words. ❤

  8. My beautiful & tender Kate,
    You have seen me though some times right from the star, I am in awe of you always and tonight is no different. What surprises me still though is the parallels we seem to find on ourselves on.
    You will find your voice again my dear friend and when you do it is going to be stronger and louder than n before. This is a reflection of all our experiences I think; Each of foes through processing in different ways, but process we do.

    I thought of this post I wrote back almost 3 months to the date as soon as I saw the song title and the lyrics.of this post of yours.
    I want to share with you Kate because its very “groovy” how we seem to do this.
    http://barefootbaroness.org/2012/09/17/i-hope-you-dance/

    Wishing you BIG Blessings and sending you BIG hugs sweetie ~

  9. Caddo Veil says:

    I was going to email you, but thought maybe you wanted space. God bless you, Kate–love you Big, sis Caddo

  10. Sometimes you just need a little time to reboot your energies, Kate. It’s hard to “give out” when the coffers are dry. Get a little rest in between all your busyness, and it is always good to hear from you!

  11. I am going to listen to this song. As in most instances in life, knowing you are not alone is half the battle. I have learned to take time-outs and the most extraordinary result came out of these times – the world doesn’t fall apart without me. 🙂

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