I’m sort of obsessed with the show “Dancing with the Stars”. Every season I watch and find myself wishing I were famous – not for the money, though that would be nice, but solely for the hope that I too could go on “Dancing with the Stars”.
It’s a shame they don’t have “Dancing with the Regular People” or “Dancing with the Nobodies”. I’d be first in line!
Dancing is one talent I really wish I had (the other is beat boxing, but I’ll save that for another day). Perhaps my desire to dance is why I love the show so much but I think there’s more to it than that. Watching people (sort of) like me, aside from the rich and famous thing, overcoming mental and physical challenges to learn a skill they didn’t know they had does something to me.
It inspires me.
You may be thinking, “Ok, crazy, it’s just a tv show.” If so, then I would guess you’ve never seen the show. Or at least, you didn’t see Noah Galloway dance his way to the finals with one arm and one leg. You probably also missed 70 year old Patti Labelle getting her groove on when she probably thought she had lost it. I’m thinking you also missed Rumer Willis, who has been badly bullied for being “ugly”, allowing dance to bring out a beauty in her she didn’t know she had.
Yes, It is inspiring.
And yes, it is empowering.
It is empowering to see other people discovering abilities they didn’t know they had, accomplishing things they had no idea they were capable of.
It empowers me to believe that I can do the same. That I have this same power inside of me.
Maybe not to dance but to overcome.
Another show that I am quickly becoming obsessed with is “I Can do That”. It’s a show where celebrities (why is it always the celebrities?) are given different challenges where they can discover a talent they didn’t know they had (like being a part of the Blue Man Group or Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders). One by one the participants are shown a challenge and they have the opportunity to say, “I Can do That”.
I wonder what I would do if I were on that show.
I’d like to say I’d be the one running to be the first to say, “I Can do That” but I’m probably more likely to say, “No way, Jose” and run the other way.
You see, I’m fairly aware of my abilities. I would go as far as to say that I am pretty confident in my abilities. But when it comes to things I’m either not good at or I’ve never done before, I’d rather not even try.
The problem with that is, if I don’t try I may never truly know what I am capable
Now, I’ll probably never go on a show like “Dancing with the Stars” or “I Can do That” but I will most certainly have the chance to do something I’ve never done before – an opportunity to discover what capable of, my inner power.
of. I may never know the satisfaction and reward of doing the “impossible”.
We all possess the power to do the impossible but we will never realize this power if we don’t try.
At any given moment in time any one of us can be faced with situations, good or bad, that can unveil our inner power.
Unfortunately, we don’t always recognize this and we give in to the voice that says,” I could never do that” instead of the one that says, “I can“.
We give in to our fears instead of activating our faith.
I wonder how different our world would be if each one of us realized that the power to do anything already lies within us.
This post is part of the #wholemama challenge. You can check out more blog posts on the topic of power or empowered here.