Sunday, October 17, 2010


I got the chance to guest post over at Art’s Chili Pepper recently (thanks for the invite!), and I was trying to put in words something that God has been working on in my life these days.  Here’s the gist of that post – I hope you’ll share your own Ah-Ha moments too.

My little Ah-Ha moment came as I brushed my teeth alongside my 4-year old.  Here’s a bit TMI about our funny little household.  This particular habit has grown out of having a decade of ballet training, but not giving up some of your daily exercises long after your ballet company stint is done…

Just imagine the below ballet exercises:


…being done while brushing your teeth.  After all, the location is optimal for checking your posture in the mirror, you must keep your body lifted to avoid spilling toothpaste on the floor, and you can’t help but be aware of your limbs as you attempt to maneuver between the sink and bathtub!

And if I didn’t think my husband would threaten to take away my blogging privileges, I’d attempt to post a picture of my darling kiddo who loves to give ronde jambe a l’airs his best shot too.

So imagine all this. And then me trying to keep my balance (with a toothbrush scrubbing away, mind you):


Want to know a trick?

The ballet company director’s wife was teaching a make-up lesson one day, and asked us to imagine this:


Why on earth would she ask all her tiny little dancers to imagine a 14,000 calorie treat?

Because it reset our perspective.

Imagine that reward in the distance in front of you, concentrate on it, and suddenly you aren’t thinking so much about not falling over.

And amazingly, your balance begins to naturally shift.  The wobbles lessen, the limbs straighten, and you may have to wipe a bit of drool off your chin.

The point being: when we focus on an ultimate reward that may not be right in front of our faces… balancing our lives can become easier.

As I stood at the top of my toes brushing my teeth, I realized that focusing on my ultimate Heavenly citizenship would help take the wobbles out of what I have to juggle today.

Important vs. Unimportant become clearer when our focus changes.

And that, my friends, is what doing toothbrush exercises with this little premiere danseur has taught me.


(And yes, he whined until we stopped laughing and!)

(And it’s not like my husband could be fazed too much anyway… not after this!)


I hope you’ll come back and join us for True Story Tuesday coming up!


Anonymous said...

Oh no you DIDN'T put a tutu on that boy! You are setting yourself up for a lifetime of therapy... lol. I do love what you're saying, though. I guess I think of it as always, always looking UP, because that is where my reward truly is. It's hard to be down when you're looking up,and you surely will catch every glimmer of light. Right? And maybe you'll even manage to not see a little boy in a purple tutu, and he will be forever grateful....

Unknown said...

My grandsons perform ballet and do not wear purple tutus. I told them it will improve their balance for manly things like football.

You are so right about focus.

Tina said...

It amazes me the way God teaches and speaks to us. I personally can hardly wait for Heaven!!

He & Me + 3 said...


This is a perfect post for me. I have been so busy trying to juggle so many things in life that I have lost focus...out of balance thus the not so proud mom day.
Thanks for sharing!

Liz {Learning To Juggle} said...

What a beautiful post. I am in a point in my life where I need to figure out how to stop wobbling so damn much, if not for myself than at least for my kiddos!! Thanks for sharing this!!

(oh....and now I am totally regretting not getting a pic of Jack in the tutu I made for my friends daughter!!)

Shana Putnam said...

I wobble so much I feel like a weeble. But at least I am not falling down right?? Thank you for this post and for all your prayers and continued encouragement and love. You are one of the sweetest people I know Rachel and I am so thankful for you. About the tutu now. Chris would have a cow but I think it is hilarious. I love ballet but have never, even in my skinniest days, had the body for it. I love to watch it though.

Buckeroomama said...

I love how you can share a beautiful lesson and still make it funny! =)

Z watched the video with me and she kept asking to play it again. She then proceeded to show me that she could do the same! Not quite, obviously, but she's pretty pleased and said that she's going to show her ballet teacher tomorrow. Hah.

Kmama said...

Such a great message.

And I'm totally cracking up at the thought of Itty Bit dancing with you. So sweet!

Brandi said...

Oh yeah! I am SO brushing my teeth like that this a.m! ;)

Michelle said...

Love your analogy and how you look at life. Thank you for blessing me with your sweet words of encouragemnet, both here and on my blog.


Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

This was a great post!
I love the picture at the end! ;)

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

I love the humor you add when you are talking about a deep and spiritual moment! I can soooo relate...not to the standing on my tip toes while brushing my teeth (I mean really? Who doesn't that, Rachel?!)... but to shifting our focus... MY focus... great message!! Thanks for the reminder. And the craving for ice cream.

Mrs. NB said...

I remember when taking Ballet the key was to focus on a point that was straight ahead and following through with that physically.

Never realized that line of focus could apply to so many things in life.

Thanks for reminding of that!

Unknown said...

What a fantastic post and reminder my friend! I LOVE it!

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