The Rhythm of the Dance

What a way to start the new year. A hike up Rattlesnake Knob in Amherst, Massachusetts before dawn. It’s 15 degrees and the woods are absolutely silent. It is amazing. The last part of the hike is a pretty steep climb to the ridge. It’s not that long an uphill but on a morning when the bitter cold air makes a deep breathe test every bit of my lungs, it is a challenge.

Dancing from frozen leaf covered rock to frozen leaf covered rock in the dim glow of my head lamp makes for an interesting dance. Heck it’s all about the dance.

So my wish for you on this first day of 2014 is that you find the rhythm of your dance every day for 2014.

“Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.”
― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums


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