Sometimes You Just Have To Dance!

dancing fool

In the early years of my marriage I was working a full-time job, a part-time job, and going to school part-time. My wife, a new mother,  was stuck in a small apartment, alone, for most of the day. She had no car, TV, and no money to speak of. And this was the days before the Internet and cell phones. We were financially broke with no credit cards; and no ability to get credit. We had nothing to speak of when it came to material things. I was tired most of the time, and she was bored most of the time. At times it was very depressing. However,  I remember while living in that apartment that, on occasion, I would put an album by Cat Stevens on the record player. One of the songs on the album had a Caribbean type beat, named “Tuesday’s Dead. The chorus went:

“Whoa, Where do you go? When you don’t want no one to know? Who told tomorrow Tuesday’s dead.”

The words didn’t  make any sense to me. In my mind the whole song didn’t make any sense. But the beat and sound of the music made you feel like dancing.  At least it did for me. So, every once in a while, I would turn on the song and dance around in front of my wife like a complete fool! It would usually make her laugh or at least smile. It didn’t make our problems disappear, but for a moment they took a back-seat to a dancing fool.

The holiday season is a time when many are prone to get depressed. In Ecclesiastes we read that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” So, when we feel the problems and trials of life are weighing us down and we can’t go on. Let us put on our favorite song and let our inhibitions go wild. We’ll feel much better! Because to chase the Holiday Blues away, sometimes you just have to dance!

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