COMMENTARY 881.1: Slow Dance

by Michael Josephson on May 23, 2014

in Caring, Compassion, Choices, Commentaries

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I once heard the chairman and CEO of a huge public company tell a roomful of ambitious, hardworking, dedicated executives that if he had to do it all over again, he would have spent more time with his family. That’s not news, but to Type-A personalities, it’s easier said than done.

David L. Weatherford’s poem “Slow Dance” sends the message in a particularly compelling way:

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round
Or listened to rain slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun fading into the night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask, “How are you?” do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores running through your head?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, “We’ll do it tomorrow,”
And in your haste not seen his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die,
’Cause you never had time to call and say hi?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It’s like an unopened gift thrown away.
Life is not a race, so take it slower,
Hear the music before your song is over.

The question isn’t whether this makes sense to you. It’s what are you going to do about it, and when are you going to start?

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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Janice Cooper May 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

This is beautiful Michael…thank you for sharing!!!

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Katherine Lyons May 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

You are so right. In the last few years I have listen to the music, taken the time to watch the birds and butterflys around me. To walk in the rain with an umbrella to feel the rain upon my face. To take notice of my accomplishments and the people around me that have also accomplishment so many things in their lives. Having two sons kept me a busy MOM as I tell them today and always I love them with every fiber in my body. They are my pride and joy I’m a Proud Army Mom. I have taken the time to tell my friends I Love them. I have taken the time to dance slow. I have even dance slow with a special someone.

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Dennis Egan May 23, 2014 at 5:50 am

This is the essence of the struggle for sincere people who believe in Stewardship of all resources, striving for excellence and recognizing the greatest gift from God is family. Thus, for me, learning to work diligently to provide for my family and finding time for them is so challenging, but I must never give up because the CEO was right; it is just so sad that so many of us may realize this when it is too late or almost too late. As a man said recently, Quantity is a Quality. So I am trying to spend more time with my wife and kids even if it is doing nothing…

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