Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Wish For You

I never discuss my child out of privacy concerns. I will, however, say this much. My wish for my child upon high school graduation was for a vibrant, full life, lived in Christ. A life not dominated by anxiety, fear of risk, or even a fear of failure. But a life of adventure, taking chances, and frankly, just plain old living. Not just subsisting. The song, "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack, perfectly encapsulated all of my hopes and dreams, and I shared that with my child at the time. It has become our special little song.

I heard that song in the car this afternoon, and it brought me right back to that point in our lives. I continue to wish all those things for my child today. It also got me to thinking about OCD Awareness Week and about my fellow anxiety disorder strugglers. Why is OCD Awareness Week important? One reason it is important is because if we can get the word out about proper treatment, then perhaps many others can begin to "dance" through their lives, instead of being tormented by their illness.

Slowly, but surely, since my treatment, I have begun to "dance" more and more. My dear, sweet, precious readers - this is my wish for you too. God bless, and dance!


I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid, love ever leave you empty handed

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice, to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances, but their worth takin'
Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'

Don't let some hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice, to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice, to sit it out or dance

Dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

17 comments:

  1. Sunny, Such a beautiful post! I love this song and the sentiments it expresses. How wonderful that it's a special song for you and your child. And I'm so glad that you are "dancing" more in life. Thank you for wishing the same for the rest of us.

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    1. It really is my heartfelt wish for you Tina, and for everyone else here in "blog" land. : ) Honestly, every time I hear this song I want to cry tears of joy.

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  2. Dear one may you dance to your hearts content. Much hugs to you as you heal.....

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    1. Thanks, JBR! I hope you find lots of occasions to "dance" as you travel your own road to healing as well.

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    2. The more the Lord sets me free the more freely I can dance. Blessings to you dear one.

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  3. Beautiful post, Sunny! I have always loved this song (but I'm not allowed to sing out loud in my family. If you heard me sing, you'd know why :)). But, yes, we can all dance!

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    1. Ha ha ha - too funny, Janet! Yes, we can all dance! This is my wish for your son, Dan, as well.

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  4. I love this post. Makes me happy to know that you and your child share this song. I think your wish perfectly articulates what we are all longing for so badly - and thank you for showing us that even with the struggle, there is freedom.

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    1. I'm so glad this post spoke to you, Anna. I have absolutely found that things don't have to be perfect to be good. I sure hope your life is filled with dancing too!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Elizabeth! I loved that song from the very first time I heard it.

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  6. This song has always touched me too. I think you expresssed well what I hoped for my children as well, to be happy and love God.

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    1. Yep, I definitely think that is the wish of most parents - for their kids to really experience life as it was meant to. I'm glad you like the song too, Krystal Lynn!

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  7. Sunny thank you for this message. To dance through your life is such a good message in spite of the fears and difficulty. Thank you for sharing the song. I am living with a lot of fear at the moment and this helped me. Thank you. Smiles.

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    1. I'm so sorry you are living with so much fear right now. I have been there and I understand how difficult it is. I'm happy to hear that this helped a little. I just prayed for you. Smiles back at you. : )

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  8. This is a beautiful song. My aunt always reminds me to listen to it when she knows I'm really suffering. She says it's her message to me from her.

    What a beautiful heart you have for your child.

    Blessings to you along the road of motherhood :)
    ~Deanna

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    1. Aw, what a sweet aunt you have. I'm glad you have someone like that in your life.

      Blessings to you too, mom!

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