I’m back! I admit, I meant to make a post yesterday, but I was buried under a giant pile of Lego and it took a while to dig myself out (I’m only half kidding).
We had a magical Christmas…a lot of time with family and friends, and a lot of wonderful presents given and received. The weather here in Nova Scotia was perfect: cold, crisp, snow-covered, and clear. It was beautiful.
I have a LOT of Reverbs to catch up on, but I’m going to start off slowly and just do one for today. This will probably mean that I’ll be finishing up Reverb11 in 2012…but hey, I did that last year too. It’s tradition! (or something).
Dec 24: Everything’s OK. What was the best moment from 2011 that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead? (Kate Inglis)
This was a series of moments, but I couldn’t imagine a better choice for this prompt.
Last spring I took the plunge and announced a series of dance classes (for lack of a better term) for mamas and babies. I booked a space, I placed online classified ads, I posted flyers, and I fielded some phone calls and emails about it. And then the day of the first class came. I went in to the studio, I set everything up…and I waited. And waited. And no one came.
More or less undaunted, I packed up and went home. I posted more flyers. And then I went to the studio, set up, waited…and no one came.
Five times I went to the studio. Five times no one showed up. Not one person.
I admit that each time I was a little sad. But at the same time, I was full of ideas: changes I could make, things that might not be working. I came away from that studio with pages of notes and tons of insights.
I wrote a blog post about my “dance with failure.”
And it was far and away my most popular post of the year. I received beautiful comments about it. Goddess Leonie shared it on one of her Goddess inspiration posts (which was a dream come true for me). It was amazing.
The process of writing the blog post and the reception it received combined to show me that, even when you fall flat on your face, it can lead you somewhere awesome. The entire Dancing Mamas Tribe experience made me realize that trying and failing is far and away less painful than not-trying.
In 2012, I will remember this lesson. I will remember that not-trying hurts more than trying and failing. I don’t know how or when I will apply this lesson, but I know it will look like forward motion…sometimes tiny baby steps, and sometimes giant leaps. Because it always feels better to move than to be stuck.
As I said in my post, I’d rather dance a round with failure than stay a wallflower and not dance at all.