A Rough Thing To Do

August 26, 2016

Forgiveness

When I think about my past behavior, especially over the last few years, I’m amazed.  WHAT was I thinking?  I just can’t believe so many of the things I did.  HOW was I operating?  I don’t even recognize myself.  Can I be forgiven for what I’ve done?  Can I forgive MYSELF?  Now I “get it” when I hear people say they’ve done too many things that can’t be overlooked.  They can, but I understand now.  Unquestionably, there are consequences for bad behavior.  Forgiveness is a rough thing to do and to receive.  But we need to understand and do it to progress in our lives.

So many problems result in our lives from issues still unforgiven.  We’ve all been hurt, and that hurt will never go away unless we consciously release it, and forgive the person who hurt us – even if that person was OURSELVES.  When people do things that hurt our feelings, they often go on their merry way without a second thought, while we wallow in our pain.  Likewise, when we do things that we regret, we mentally re-live that behavior and chastise ourselves for our poor choices.  In both situations, we hold onto the pain instead of letting it go…instead of forgiving it.

Merriam-Webster defines forgiveness as “to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong), to stop blaming (someone)” and “to cease to feel resentment against (an offender)”.  To forgive is an intentional choice which follows understanding what was done, acknowledging the pain, and choosing to not be upset by it anymore.  It’s simple, but not easy.  And it’s vital to our emotional stability.

In my world, I finally feel like me again.  I’m glad I’m going through all my stuff; mentally, emotionally, and physically.  I’ve never felt like I’ve “cleaned house” like I have lately.  I’ve forgiven those who’ve hurt me, which includes ME.  So many of the things I wish were different are the way they are because of choices I’ve made – they are MY OWN FAULT!!  But I know I’m not a perfect person; only Jesus is.  We ALL make mistakes; some little ones, and some doozies.  I’ve had more than my share of giant screw-ups.  But that’s ok…now I know what NOT to do in my future.

Can I get an “Amen!”?

See you on the dance floor TONIGHT at the West Chicago VFW!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • BEGINNING FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, a week from today, I’ll be reinstating dances at the Geneva American Legion Post 75 on the 1st & 3rd Fridays.  They have a LOVELY maple wood floor, and I like visiting different places to dance…visit the Upcoming Events for a full list of dance venues.  I’m also adding a dance EVERY THURSDAY at the Wheaton VFW BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 8th – and you’ve heard about KINFORK BBQ in Woodfield Mall?  We’ll dance at Kinfork on the third Sunday of the month, starting SEPTEMBER 18th
  • SALE!!  ALL DVD’s are 25% off through August 31st at any dances I host.  Yes, I accept credit cards!
  • The next Warrenville Line Dance Workshop is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, from 3 – 5:15
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet  Facebook page, along with the OVER 13,000 fans who have?  Pop on over to www.facebook.com/dancewithjanet and click the “LIKE” button to keep up on what’s new!  All the photos from dances are posted to my Facebook page, as well as the PHOTOS tab of my website
  • CLASS CHANGES:
    • A BRAND NEW BEGINNER DROP-IN CLASS debuts 9/13 on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, preceding the Elgin dance.  Class will run from 4:30 – 5:45 at the Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay Street in Elgin ($7)
    • I’ll be teaching a difficult intermediate line dance lesson BEFORE the dances on Tuesdays for an extra $3.  On 8/30 I’ll teach SO JUST DANCE DANCE DANCE, and on 9/6 it’ll be CHILL FACTOR (both at the Wheaton VFW)
    • The Friday morning Intermediate 1 class resumed meeting at the St. Charles Salvation Army today, August 26th
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  ALL fees paid are fully refundable until 11/20/16.  Published rates are for two people per cabin; if you need a roommate, please let me know and I’ll match you up with someone FABULOUS within the dance community, as quite a few people are traveling alone.  Get the full scoop at www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2017
    • OUR NEXT PRE-CRUISE PARTY IS THIS SUNDAY, 8/28 from 2 – 6 pm at Bonnie’s house, 22W255 Glen Park Rd in Glen Ellyn.  If you are considering the cruise, come to this party (please bring a dish to pass if possible), as it will be a question-and-answer, get-to-know you meeting

Love ya!
Janet

Performance Rescheduled

Ah, the delight of dancing outdoors!  We're always at the mercy of the weather. Attendance is light at the West Chicago Pool today due to the threat of storms, so they'll be closing early.  Therefore, today's performance has been rescheduled to NOON on September 3rd.  Hope to see you there, and before!

We do have a few more performances before the world moves inside; please check the calendar tab of my website to see when & where they are.  I'd love to dance what we know for the world to see how much fun this is!

More and more of us are dancing, and the different personalities that interact are astounding.  It's no news to you that you may not like everyone you meet on the dance floor, or approve of everyone's "M.O.", etc.  Please, be kind to each person, even if you disagree with them!  When you see others not being respectful or courteous, act respectfully and courteously to them regardless.  We sow what we reap, and it's the Lord's job to reconcile everyone's account with their behavior, not ours.  Unprofessional, disrespectful, and flat out mean actions STILL need to be met with polite behavior in return.  We are responsible for our own actions, not anyone else's.  I urge you to consider this request.  It will bring harmony and more happiness for us all, instead of discord and division.

See you tonight as we HAPPILY dance in Warrenville!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • BEGINNING FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, I’ll be reinstating dances at the Geneva American Legion Post 75 on the 1st & 3rd Fridays.  They have a LOVELY maple wood floor, and I like visiting different places to dance…visit the Upcoming Events for a full list of dance venues.  I'm also adding a dance EVERY THURSDAY at the Wheaton VFW BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 8th
  • SALE!!  ALL DVD’s are 25% off through the end of August at any dances I host.  Yes, I accept credit cards!
  • The next Warrenville Line Dance Workshop is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, from 3 – 5:15
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet  Facebook page, along with the OVER 12,000 fans who have?  Pop on over to www.facebook.com/dancewithjanet and click the “LIKE” button to keep up on what’s new!  All the photos from dances are posted to my Facebook page, as well as the PHOTOS tab of my website
  • CLASS CHANGES:
    • A BRAND NEW BEGINNER DROP-IN CLASS debuts 9/13 on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, preceding the Elgin dance.  Class will run from 4:30 – 5:45 at the Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay Street in Elgin ($7)
    • I’ll be teaching a difficult intermediate line dance lesson BEFORE the dances on Tuesdays for an extra $3.  On 8/23 & 8/30 I’ll teach SO JUST DANCE DANCE DANCE
    • The Friday morning Intermediate 1 class resumes meeting at the St. Charles Salvation Army thisFriday, 8/26
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  ALL fees paid are fully refundable until11/20/16.  Published rates are for two people per cabin; if you need a roommate, please let me know and I’ll match you up with someone FABULOUS within the dance community, as quite a few people are traveling alone.  Get the full scoop at www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2017
    • OUR NEXT PRE-CRUISE PARTY IS SUNDAY, 8/28 from 2 – 6 pm at Bonnie’s house, 22W255 Glen Park Rd in Glen Ellyn.  If you are considering the cruise, come to this party (please bring a dish to pass if possible) as it will be a question-and-answer, get-to-know you meeting

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

Impossible? It’s Up To US!

August 12, 2016

As you may or may not know, I was raised on the original Star Trek series, and I simply love it.  Although The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine are high on my list of favorite TV series, nothing compares to Kirk, Spock, & McCoy.  No matter how improbable a situation the crew was faced […]

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Do You Swear?

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Day after day people say, “I swear to God” –  which amuses me, since so many of those same fine folks would say they either don’t believe in God or have very little to do with Him.  Yet His name continues to be used as a measuring stick for people’s promise that they are telling […]

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Wise Words from the Little Green Goblin

July 29, 2016

One of the things I enjoy most about watching movies is "listening for gems."  Each time I hear a phrase that's an A-HA moment, one that I can keep forever, it's a successful movie for me.  In re-watching the Star Wars prequel saga, Yoda always has my attention, because every time that little green goblin opens his […]

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Reflections

July 22, 2016

I love to learn.  I was one of the strange young ones that looked forward to school because I was fascinated with the new information presented to me.  Learning through change has never frightened me, but has intrigued me, as it has been the spice of life.  I don't like to be bored, so I […]

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Pray For France

July 15, 2016

Once again another senseless act of terrorism has occurred; this time in France. You've probably heard of the driver who plowed people down at the Bastille Day celebration yesterday.  Horrific, evil, and inexcusable…and though the driver was killed by police, the damage has been done, and dozens of people lost their lives or were injured.  […]

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Is All News Negative?

July 11, 2016

I’m still flabbergasted at how negative the news coverage is in the media.  Every detail of horrible events must be laid bare, and we never hear a word about anything inspiring that occurs.  I find it hard to believe that nothing good happens in the world.  Why must we focus on the tragedies?  How about […]

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Will YOU Try Everything?

July 8, 2016

Last weekend was SUCH A HIGH!  We danced and played all weekend long; what a fabulous time was had celebrating America’s birthday!  Thank you for joining me!  One of the songs we danced to in the Independence Day parades was TRY EVERYTHING, from the movie Zootopia (make sure you see this movie!!  It’s one of the […]

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I Love A Parade!

June 30, 2016

Who would’ve thought we could LINE DANCE in a parade?  I never did, that’s for sure.  Line dancing is done in each person’s own area on the dance floor.  It never occurred to me that it could be done in a parade until Rob suggested it in 2013.  We debuted at Wheaton’s Thanksgiving Parade with the Cadillac […]

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