Time to dance

By Glauce Fleury

The fall is just around the corner, and August, a good memory. Kudos to this month. For most of my life, I didn’t have a good relationship with it. Or August didn’t want a relationship with me.

Do you want the truth? The saddest events in my life happened in August — in different years, different days, but same month. I’m referring to deaths of beloved people, news about illnesses and a house intrusion that showed me how it is to have a gun pointed to my head.

Enough. As Eckhart Tolle writes in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but our thoughts about it. It is what it is, so I’ll accept it instead of dwelling on it.

I have strong reasons to change my perception about August. It was also when I embraced a huge challenge: quit a job after 11 years because it no longer made me happy, moved to another country, went back to school, received a few awards and started a career abroad.

It was in a month of August that I went vegan as well. Overnight. This is my first anniversary. One full year with no meat, no dairy, no eggs and a lot of veggies, seeds and nuts. I’m enjoying it.

When August arrived this year, I woke up without the sadness that came from my losses and noticed a natural detachment from my sad past. I’m at peace. I learned to trust that the best always happens, even when we can’t see it. And quoting Eckhart Tolle again, “the past has no power over the present moment.”

I’m not religious and am very curious about different faiths and beliefs. Some of my favourite lines are included in A Time for Everything (from the Christian Bible’s Ecclesiastes 3). Besides representing a wonderful way to look at life, this passage is a beautiful piece of writing.

Here’s a segment: there’s “a time to tear down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (The movie Footloose also borrowed this. Remember?)

This message confirms how I’ve felt inspired to trust the Universe. I trust my inner peace, which has helped me choose the people I want around me, the causes I want to fight for and the activities I want to get involved in.

It’s my time to dance.

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