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Ballet class today…
Awesome Ballet Teacher: Ballet can be humiliating – no, that’s a bad word. Ballet can be humbling.
Me: No, you had it right the first time.
Ballet can be humbling. It can be a good thing to be humbled by something greater than yourself though. It reminds us that there are wonderful challenges out there and that as we become part of that something greater, we can know moments of great satisfaction in a humbling experience. We have a tendency to think that being humiliated is what someone else does to us… but it isn’t… only we can put the coat of humiliation on. When I work hard, give my best effort, and stay focused in ballet class I am always humbled but I will not be humiliated. I can fall on my face and I will not be humiliated because I will have fallen while trying, while dancing. But am I humbled? Every single class. And I think it’s a good thing, it’s a good thing to be humbled by something so beautiful, so intricate, so glorious as ballet. It’s just one more reason why ballet is not only good for the body but also good for the mind and soul and here is a thought… perhaps another reason why ballet is also good for the world if it helps to create hard working, disciplined, focused and humble people.