What happens when we set our sights on something magnificent? It may seem unlikely but it is our true nature. It may seem ridiculous but it is our heart’s purpose. It may be entirely unsupported.
This wonderful story by Arnold Lobel came to my mind. I want to share it.
The Camel had her heart set on becoming a ballet dancer.
“To make every movement a thing of grace and beauty”, said the Camel. “That is my one and only desire.”
Again and again she practiced her pirouettes, her releves and he arabesques. She repeated the five basic positions a hundred times each day. She worked for long months under the hot desert sun. Her feet were blistered and her body ached, but not once did she think of stopping.
At last the Camel said, “Now I am a dancer.” She announced a recital and danced before an invited group of camel friends and critics. When her dance was over, she made a deep bow.
There was no applause.
“I must tell you frankly,” said a member of the audience, “as a critic and a spokesman for this group, that you are lumpy and humpy. You are baggy and bumpy. You are, like the rest of us, simply a camel. You are NOT and never will be a ballet dancer!”
Chuckling and laughing the audience moved away across the sand.
“How very wrong they are!” said the Camel. “I have worked hard. There can be no doubt that I am a splendid dancer. I will dance and dance just for myself.”
That is what she did. It gave her many years of pleasure.
Are you showing up with your heart and soul following the path of your true nature?© Copyright 2012 Lisa Bloom