Life Isn’t a Dance
30th September 2020
“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, because an artful life requires being prepared to meet and withstand sudden and unexpected attacks.”
---------- MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 7.61
Dancing is a popular metaphor for life. One must be limber and agile and go along with the music. One must feel and follow and flow with their partner. But anyone who has tried to do something difficult, where there is competition or an adversary, knows that the dancing metaphor is insufficient. Nobody ever tries to get up on stage and tackle a dancer. The dancer never gets choked out by a rival.
For a wrestler, on the other hand, adversity and the unexpected are part and parcel of what they do. Their sport is a battle, just like life. They are fighting an opponent as well as their own limitations, emotions and training.
Life, like wrestling, requires more than graceful movement. We have to undergo hard training and cultivate an indomitable will to prevail.
Life feels like one big wrestling match at the moment. Our opponent is relentless and keeps coming back with different moves. One step forward and two steps back.
It is difficult to maintain our composure and control, but we must. We must also trust our training, our habits and the tried and tested. In difficult times, we draw on our inner strength and lean on our “support team” for reassurance. We are part of your support team and are here for you if you are struggling with anything, need that reassurance or someone to lean on. If you have friends, family or colleagues who are wrestling with life at the moment, we are happy to chat.
Some of you will be aware that the Bristol team moved into new offices at the beginning of the month. Whilst the majority of the team are still working remotely, we have some physical presence on a daily basis and that is a step in the right direction.
Because we recognise that life happens and that it is a real challenge at times, we want our team to remember that life comes first. Therefore, with effect from 1st October, our offices will be closing at 4pm on a Friday. This will allow the team to start their weekend earlier and spend time with the important people in their lives or doing what matters most to them. Our offices will continue to be open 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday.
I’d like to share this short time-lapse video with you as local artist Silenthobo painted our new wall mural.