Have you danced today? | Daily Echo

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Often in life we get so inundated with our ‘to do’ list and with problems that creep up which can sometimes steal our joy.


Sometimes we need a subtle reminder to dance with life and remember to breathe and laugh. So when I came across Sue Vincent’s post I wanted to share it here.



“I came across the Nietzsche quote on Sirena’s Tales, remembering that I first read it years ago in his Zarathrusta, a book much in fashion in my youth. I was struck even then, armed with too few years and too little experience of life to really understand the book, by the way the man encapsulated snippets of wisdom in what would today be classed as soundbites.”


“The quote here is incomplete… and the second part puts it into greater context for me:


“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” . . .Continue Reading

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Note: I will be taking a break for the remainder of the week, so please enjoy your week and know that I’ll be doing my best to catch up when I can. 

After returning from our winter vacation, it’s been one thing after another, and being sick takes priority. I’m still on the mend, but unfortunately, I’ve had to take my husband to hospital this past weekend due to his inability to recover fully and some new  issues that crept up due to his low resistance. I must focus on my husband’s healing and bringing him back home again, hopefully by midweek. 

And thank you all for your well wishes from my post about the Arizona Flu. ❤

42 thoughts on “Have you danced today? | Daily Echo

  1. So sorry to hear of your husband’s added issues. Been there not long ago myself. I will keep him and yourself in my prayers. I don’t have time for a fuller response on the post itself, but I will post something on that which is directly on point–if not today tomorrow. Read it when you can.


  2. I hope you are feeling better soon. Being sick is never fun. Look into zinc vitamins. I’ve been taking them for two years and haven’t been sick since. I don’t take them every day, but when cold and flu season is around, I do. When I feel something coming on or someone is sick in the house, I take them every day.

    I read somewhere that the flu hit the States hard. It must be a particularly tough strain.


    1. Thanks Di. We take lots of zinc, there have been other complications. And yes, it turns out Arizona had more flu cases than the whole United States this year. 😦


  3. OK, here’s the rest. Put the same comment on Sue Vincent’s site.

    I must confess to much ignorance when it comes to Nietzsche. So it comes as a surprise to read this quote as I had often associated him with nihilism. But a little Googling reveals much more. Dance and laughter. In the Lotus Sutra, a preeminent Buddhist text from 2,500 some years ago, reference is also made to dance. Nichiren Daishonin, a 13th century priest whose adherents include an Buddhist lay organization, Soka Gakkai International with members in 192 countries and territories, says this in reference to segment of the Lotus Sutra: “Even if you are not the Venerable Mahākāshyapa, you should all perform a dance. Even if you are not Shāriputra, you should leap up and dance. When Bodhisattva Superior Practices emerged from the earth, did he not emerge dancing?” So it’s a purposeful act to engender joy that as you say, has been around a long time! As for laughter, Norman Cousins made much of it in his writings, including Anatomy of an Illness, chronicling his recovery from a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis by having a minimum of ten minutes of belly laughing (in his case from watching Marx Brothers movies).


    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing this here John. So there is much truth to the fact that dance and laughter are essential for the contentment of the soul going back thousands of years, no matter what religious beliefs one has.
      I was especially interested to learn that good belly laughs was also a cure for Norman Cousins.
      Thank you my friend for sharing this! 🙂


    1. Thank you so much Hugh. I normally don’t take breaks, but health is priority, and perhaps reminds us to dance and take a breath.
      I hope to be back on the circuit by next week. Hub just came home yesterday, and my hands are full with dr. appointments and nursing duties, lol. Sheesh, I swear I need a holiday! xo ❤


  4. What a profound quote, Debby! Makes us pause and really think about this, doesn’t it! All too often we are too caught up in life’s whirlwind of activity to stop and smell the roses. I’m going to keep your post in mind going forward. Thank you!!


    1. Aw, thanks Sangeeta for visiting and leaving your little bit of wisdom here. We always have to remind ourselves to stop and smell the roses, especially when we’re overwhelmed with unpleasantries. 🙂


  5. Deb, please DO focus upon yourself and your hubbies healing.. These are the most important things in life.. Our health.. nothing to catch up with on mine.. I have not posted since last week.. 🙂
    I hope your hubby feels brighter Very soon.. Love and hugs your way xx Sue xx


  6. Ah, the complication. I hope all is well by now or at least on the positive side of the curve. I’m glad to read a few comments up that your husband is home from the hospital. Good sign. Get well first…


    1. Thanks so much Diana. Nursing has become a temporary new job lately. I’m doing fine, just worn out with worries and doctors and tests. Need to find peace and get back to book writing soon. 🙂


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