A Message of Love

message-of-loveParents, as you prepare your children to enter the world, what message of “love” will you send with them? That message should exceed the boundaries of grades, success, and citizenship. The message should be one that speaks to the mind, body, and soul.

I am always searching for the right words to say to my children to help guide their life’s journey. Words that say I want you to live life to the fullest, never be afraid to try, limit your restrictions on love, and know that your reach can exceed your grasp. I did not write the following lyrics, but I certainly shared them with my children as a reflection of my prayers, hopes and dreams for their life’s journey. What message of love will you send (there is no age limit).

“I Hope You Dance”

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance….I hope you dance.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’,
Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’,
Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance…. I hope you dance

Written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sellers

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  1. The power of great minds can never be over estimated…I, too, have this song in my repertoire. It is my wish that my children are never satiated, breathe each breath realizing the certitude of the alternative, know that faith is a commitment of their souls, and foresight to know illusory and seemingly unattainable barriers as depicted by a locked door is overcome by preparedness and courage to take the journey. The rhythm of life forces you to dance–you make the choice to dance to a predetermined beat or have the gumption to make your own music and let your heart beat determine the rhythm. A puddle of water will appear to be insurmountable if your melodic rhythm is discordant. You know, I’m still doing the twist, the swim, mashed potatoes and the watusi…and all is well.

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