I can not tell you how it started, but one day while driving I began teaching my kids the rules of stop light tactics, as in green means go, red means stop, yellow ….
Out of nowhere, my 2 year old son joyfully exclaims, “and purple means dance.” I was about to dismiss his comment…..I mean really, where in the world did he see a purple stoplight? When I thought….why not go along with this? I replied to him and his sister, “Purple DOES mean dance….how did you know?”
So then we embarked on a joint journey to try and find anything purple so we would have an excuse to dance. Why couldn’t we make up that rule? I have always said that it is near impossible to be in a bad mood and dance simultaneously. So why not dance? And for anyone who knows me…you know we are always dancing in my house!
Within seconds, we were all dancing to the tune of one of Michael Jackson’s classics and giggling the entire time.
What other rules could we create that help our moods? That help us to relieve stress? That help us to capture the present moment and just take a breath and enjoy? What if you grooved to the tunes when someone honks at you? What if you imposed a rule that every time you hit a red light, you have to sing a favorite childhood nursery rhyme?
It is not easy to do. I myself can be found guilty of rolling my eyes at the notion of just “enjoying the present moment’ because it is sooo overused! HOWEVER…what IF you began to dance every time you saw purple? Sing at red lights? Dance at honking horns? Would it improve your mood? Would it relieve just a little stress?
Is it worth a try?