Cheese Prevents Boredom

September 23, 2016

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Without a doubt, change is difficult.  Inevitable, but hard to handle.  We just get used to something, and then life shifts.  It affects each of us differently.  The good news is, change prevents boredom.  It also provides us with a personal challenge:  How do we handle it?  Will it make us or break us?  What kind of a person will we become through it?

Back when I worked for a closet organization company, my boss handed me a book called Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson.  I was told it was required reading and not to sweat it; it wouldn't take that long.  Like a good little girl I read the book…and then read it again to my daughters one night before bed.  What a bedtime story!  It only took 45 minutes to get through, but the discussion it generated over the next few weeks took much longer.

I can't say enough encouraging words about this little gem!  Goodwill usually has at least one copy on their shelves for $1.79 because people are foolish enough to discard it.  Did I say FOOLISH?  Yes I did!  The author has created a parable that is simple to understand and profound in its application to EVERYONE.  It is impossible for anyone with half a brain to NOT be moved to self-improvement after reading this book.

The story revolves around Hem and Haw, two mice in a maze.  Daily they visit their pile of yummy cheese to feast; they know exactly where it is and how to get there.  Life is good and predictable.  One day…THE CHEESE IS GONE!!!  Who moved their cheese?  Why, and when, and most importantly:  WHEN WILL IT BE RETURNED?  And how much will they Hem and Haw over its loss?  

Here's the kicker:  WHAT WILL THEY DO WHILE IT'S GONE???

We all have life situations where our cheese is moved.  Daily we decide how much WE will hem and haw over its relocation.  How do YOU handle situations like that?  Grab a copy of Who Moved My Cheese? and help yourself decide.

If you'd like to dance TONIGHT, I'll see you at the West Chicago VFW at 7 pm!  Tomorrow we'll return to FERMILAB!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • Thursdays at the Wheaton VFW have been lightly attended. I'll run a dance there on 9/29 but that will probably be the last Thursday.  Thanks for trying that night!  TOMORROW we're back at FERMILAB!  Visit the Upcoming Events for a full list of dance venues
  • 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 continues 9/27 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 from now on for an extra $3.  I’ll teach AMERICAN POP at the Elgin VFW on 9/27, and the next two Tuesdays after that will be DEVIL IN ME
    • Need an INTERMEDIATE 1 class?  I teach a drop-in one at the Wheaton VFW preceding the Thursday dance from 5:30 – 6:45 ($7)
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  ALL fees paid are fully refundable until 11/20/16book before 10/10 to take advantage of the group rate, which can’t be matched ANYWHERE.  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

Love ya!
Janet

When Life Is Unfair

September 16, 2016

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In April, one of my dancers (Nancy) recently received the worst news a parent could possibly hear:  The cause of her only child's pain was an aggressive form of incurable cancer.  To say she was devastated is the understatement of her life.

I and everyone who knows Nancy have been praying for her daughter Becca's healing, who will turn a mere 21 on October 27th.  However, the situation looks far from hopeful.  Treatment has been discontinued as it is no longer effective and the side effects are unbearable.  Becca remains positive, and her family has rallied around her…but they are looking to take her everywhere she's ever wanted to go.  To that end, they have established a "Go Fund Me" page to help out with expenses.  Becca's heart's desires are not to got to Europe, but Medieval Times and Brookfield Zoo, but she needs a specialized van to go to accommodate the wheelchair in which she now sits.  Would you help?  Over $17,000 has been raised in the 3 days the link has been live.  The goal is $50,000.  Please click on the link above to contribute.  The family is cherishing the time they have together.

I wish I could say why these bad things happen to good people, but I can't.  I don't have all the answers; no one does.  We live in a sinful, fallen world, and despite our prayers, God is allowing this to happen.  I wish He wouldn't…we all share that wish.  Life can really stink sometimes, and when life is unfair like this, we grasp at straws to understand why it's happening.  We try in vain to comfort ourselves.  And still…horrible, terrible, awful things like this occur.  It's no one's fault, and yes, God COULD step in and heal Becca like He healed the blind man (Mark 8:22-25).  So far, He hasn't.  No one knows if He will.

Please join me in supporting Becca and her family, and praying for her healing and their comfort.

If you'd like to dance TONIGHT, I'll see you at the Geneva American Legion Post 75.

DANCE DETAILS:

  • You’ve heard about our new dance venue at KINFORK BBQ in Woodfield Mall?  We’ll dance at Kinfork on the third Sunday of the month, starting THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th.  Visit the Upcoming Events for a full list of dance venues
  • 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 continues 9/27 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 from now on for an extra $3.  I’ll teach AMERICAN POP at the Wheaton VFW on 9/20 & the Elgin VFW on 9/27, and the next two Tuesdays after that I’ll teach DEVIL IN ME
    • Need an INTERMEDIATE 1 class?  I teach a drop-in one at the Wheaton VFW preceding the Thursday dance from 5:30 – 6:45 ($7)
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  ALL fees paid are fully refundable until 11/20/16book before 10/10 to take advantage of the group rate, which can’t be matched ANYWHERE.  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

 

Love ya!
Janet

Schedule Change For TONIGHT!

September 9, 2016

Quickie reminder on tonight’s schedule change:  Dancing at the West Chicago VFW has been CANCELLED for TONIGHT ONLY.  We resume 9/23. I’ll be dancing with the Dance With Janet gang at Willowbrook Ballroom tonight instead. Also…about the 3rd Annual Dance With Janet Cruise… The cut off date for the group rates is OCTOBER 10, 2016.  You just can’t beat $740; after 10/10 the price will be […]

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Are You Comfortable?

September 2, 2016

My grandmother – Gram – will be 98 in 3 months.  She is still recovering from a fall on the 4th of July where she broke her upper arm.  She’s healing, but 97-year old bones just don’t mend like they used to.  She was told she will not be able to return to her independent living room, and […]

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A Rough Thing To Do

August 26, 2016

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” […]

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Today’s Performance RESCHEDULED

August 20, 2016

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 […]

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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?

August 5, 2016

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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