A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend an incredible Cirque Du Soleil show featuring talented dancers. We were excited for an evening of entertained and to enjoy celebrating some recent achievements. What we received was much more than expected. We were not only thoroughly entertained – we were inspired. The dancers performed with grace and strength in movement and art. It was completely captivating and beautiful. We couldn’t help but notice how sculpted their bodies were, which gave us a glimpse into the hours spent behind the scenes. My husband and I were dancers many years ago and we know that having the strength to move with such grace and precision doesn’t just happen, it takes hours of dedication and commitment to make the moves look effortless and magical. It takes teamwork and harmony to work with the other dancers to make sure each movement is in perfect timing with each other. It takes trust and dependability to know your team will be there to catch you when you leap in thin air waiting for another dancer to catch you. It takes respect for each other knowing that each dancer is critical to a successful performance. And last, but not least, putting yourself out there on a stage for everyone to see takes strength, courage, passion and confidence.
It’s the same for each of us in our art, our craft, and our profession. We all need to put ourselves out there and perform at our optimal levels. We all need to be dedicated and committed to what we’ve chosen to do in life. We all need to have teamwork and harmony with those on our team. We all need to be trustworthy and dependable to our team. We all need to respect those on our team and ourselves.
What a difference it would make if we treated our art, our craft, our profession the same way as a Cirque Du Soleil dancer!