What I Learned at The Dance Studio

Growing up as the dance studio owner’s daughter, I learned a host of fundamental life principles. An important one was this: There’s enough for everyone.

Whenever a new studio opened close to ours, my mom’s response was always the same: “There are enough students to go around.”

If parents were late picking up their kids at the end of the day, those kids went home with us just in time for dinner.

When I expressed concern about having enough food to go around, she’d casually reply, “There’s plenty for everyone.”

Whenever one of my teammates at my mom’s studio flourished, his or her progress didn’t translate as a loss for me, but a win. One dancer’s success contributed toward increasing the collective average. That is, the strength of our group increased with the achievement of a teammate.

There is an infinite supply of all that is good.

I carry these ideas about enough-ness with me today. I apply the concepts to managing tough emotions like jealousy, envy, or a combo of the two. These unpleasant feelings are reactions to ideas centered around lack and limitation.

The amazing thing about love and attention and encouragement and grace and success and joy is that these things are infinite. We get a new supply every single morning, and so we can give it away all day. We never, ever have to monitor the supply of others or grab or hoard.” ~ Glennon Doyle

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