“Look, those people are dancing,” my husband whispered, pointing to the area behind me.
I laid my sandwich back in its little basket and turned around. In between the pink and blue tables at the fifties-style diner, a sixtyish couple slow danced cheek to cheek. The two held each other close gently swaying to the music.
It was hard not to stare because they were so sweet. Plus, seeing someone dance in a restaurant certainly wasn’t an everyday occurrence. Trying not to be impolite, we continued our meals. Then, an up-tempo number rang out through the speakers giving the two a chance to really show off their moves. This clearly wasn’t their first hop.
When they stopped dancing and sat back down in the booth, the place erupted in applause. The pair turned an ordinary dinner out into a beautiful moment and a lovely memory for themselves as well as those who witnessed it.
To Live Fully in the Moment
The couple didn’t seek approval or attempt to entertain the crowd. It didn’t matter who was watching, where they were, or if some would consider it inappropriate. Hand in hand, they created their own dance floor on the black and white checkerboard tile in the dining room. And they showed the rest of us how to live fully in the moment.
I bet I wasn’t the only one who felt just a little envious of the couple’s spontaneity. It’s not uncommon to see a toddler start dancing in a restaurant when the music plays, but we rarely see adults do the same. The sight was refreshing.
Precious moments slip away quickly. We can’t get them back. It’s only in the here and now we have the opportunity and the choice to engage fully or not.
Sometimes we hold back concerned we’ll appear foolish. We hesitate because of what others might think. But does that really matter?
This happy couple understood the true meaning of being present and didn’t waste the opportunity to enjoy a dance. What an example they set.
Today, I challenge you to seize the opportunity to turn a commonplace moment into one worth remembering. Want to dance?