Day 143: Something Beautiful—Dancing with Inspiration

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

degas_blue_dancersA glance at life from the outside can be remarkable, puzzling—fascinating. I had no idea where today’s image would come from. I had created a pressure and expectation to be able to surpass each day with an astounding image that would inspire and awe. Coming into the 143rd day of the exercise, the quick, immediate, and first time images had all been used. My imagination was laboring under the demand of finding not just a beautiful image, but and extraordinarily beautiful image—every day. Labor? Demand? Really.

Stop. Could I have traveled further from the point of this? To make a joyful task one full of judgement and self-competition—the background worry of disappointing. Enough. I released myself. This is not a chore. Stop the choking. Yes, I let it go until 11pm. I breathed. I trusted. If I provided room for inspiration, she would come.

Dancing. On a silly TV show, I watched dancing tonight. Dancing infused with passion and focus. Dancing that transcended all the ridiculousness of its context. Beauty that conjured iconic images of Degas’ ballerinas dancing to Turandot’s Nessun Dorma. I searched and found lesser known Degas dancers. And I am pleased. Letting intuition take over has restored balance in my beautiful universe—as I hope Degas and Pavarotti will do for you. Ahhh.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 143: Something Beautiful—Dancing with Inspiration

  1. Bea Neal says:

    Excellent advice! Excellent! 🙂

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