NEW WEEK NEW FACE – JULIE GARMON
THE DANCING QUEEN HAS AN AHA MOMENT!
By Julie Garmon
Have you ever found the answer to a problem in a bizarre way? That happened to me this weekend. Saturday morning, I was stumped.
My problem just so happened to be about writing, but it could’ve been about anything.
Thinking too hard and drinking way too much coffee, I sat in my office staring at dozens of sticky notes. I couldn’t figure out how to fix the plot in my novel.
By 10 a.m., my brain already felt like this.
A knotted-up mess.
*picture from www.pixaby.com
Ever so gently, my word for 2016 came to me.
DANCE. Why don’t you dance?
I can’t dance.
I have to fix this problem.
Take a break. Dance. Let it go.
Work comes before play.
Those are the rules.
Then four words came to me. Four one-syllable words.
Do you trust Me?
Yes, of course but…
Then dance–the gentle thought brushed against my heart.
Don’t laugh, y’all, but I did.
I got out my chair, twirled around in my office (no one was home but me), and I boogied my way downstairs–
Like I was the room monitor, slacking off on my duty.
Then I did something really wild and crazy. I hopped into the car. Drove to the YMCA.
For 30 minutes, I played solitaire on the treadmill as though I had absolutely nothing better to do.
I acted like a kid during recess and danced–mentally and physically.
The best thing happened–
When I forgot about my problem, the answer came. I knew what to do! How crazy is that?
Back at home, I moved a few sticky notes around on my whiteboard and fixed my plotting issue.
*picture from www.pixaby.com
Sometimes trusting God means we let go, take a break, and dance. Click to Tweet.
Is this an aha moment for you too? Or have you always known about the dancing secret? I bet you have!
P.S. If you have a minute, watch this video from 1978. “Dancing Queen” used to be my fave song back in the day.
If you can’t see the video, click here. It’s impossible to watch it without dancing!
Julie–the Dancing Queen
With the tagline, “Southern Stories of Grit and Grace,” hope and humor shine through Julie Garmon’s writing. She’s been a regular contributor to Daily Guideposts since 2003 and writes on assignment for Guideposts magazine. Julie won a coveted spot to the Guideposts’ writers contest in 2004 and is invited to annual workshops. She’s published with Sweet 16, PLUS, Angels on Earth, Homelife, Today’s Christian, Today’s Christian Woman, www.sober24.com, www.crosswalk.com, and www.urbanministries.com. She blogs every other Wednesday from her website, www.juliegarmon.com.
Julie’s been married to her high school sweetheart for 37 years. They have three grown children, a yellow Lab, a morkie, and a calico cat. Her husband raises chickens in the backyard and has outdoor atrium full of parakeets.
She’s working hard to become a novelist who drinks sweet tea while she writes from the rocking chair on her front porch.
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