Friday, November 15, 2013

PDBA: November Blog Hop. Gratitude.

November has always been the month where people ponder and reflect everything they have been grateful for in their lives.  We all come from different walks of life and for some, looking deep within one's life and journey can be a feeling of overwhelmed gratitude for our life's learned lessons and accomplishments.  This month's theme for the Pole Dancing Bloggers Association blog hop is gratitude. 

Many of my readers already know that pole dancing has made a huge impact that has changed my life for the better.  I was at a pivotal turning point in my life in regards to my health when I discovered pole dancing.  It was through pole that I was able to relinquish treatments as a lung clinic patient and eventually cease taking medications and treatments that assisted my respiratory function.  I'm very grateful for the challenge pole dancing offered me towards obtaining goals that were acheivable and fun.  A huge factor in my success was the constant motivation pole dancing presented to me.  In five years, I have accomplished a great deal of physical health, knowledge, and strength.  The wisdom I have obtained from dancing this journey has impacted my life and many others today. 

In the bigger picture and beneath all the hard work, the core of my accomplishments can really be attributed to the supportive community pole dancing has created.  This community can consist of the greater international group, national, local, or the more intimate community within a studio.  Through the years there have been issues within many groups and not everyone has gotten along.  These instances remind me that playing a significant role within the international community doesn't relate to the impact one has on a smaller scale within their own studio.  This is where my gratitude for success has grown and I feel my energy is better spent and appreciated.  There will always be a new name or talk of the moment.  Then those moments pass and those names are forgotten.  The real names and moments that matter more to me are the ones that happen within the confines of Pole Harmony- my community, my sanctuary.  For that, I am eternally grateful.

"We appreciate your business and dedication to making Pole Harmony a fun and accepting environment. We take all of our customer feedback very seriously and value your input in making Pole Harmony's classes the best we can offer."

It is a statement I include in every one of my newsletters to my clients.  You may have read it once or twice.  I wrote it from the heart, because it has true meaning of my gratitude towards what I have created here within Pole Harmony.  I don't want to be just another studio.  I realize the history of pole studios here in Indianapolis have been come and go every few years.  I know the reality of my own studio's fate may take the same road as others before me.  I will accept whatever happens as happening for a reason.  In the meantime, I want to enjoy the present and live in the moment.  It's the moments that we share that create memories and lasting lessons that will forever be remembered through dance.

Blog Hop is a monthly blog topic involving pole dancing blog contributors from around the world actively involved in the online Pole Dancing Bloggers Association. Each month we write our perspective about a given topic pertaining to the pole dancing community. To read fellow Pole Dancing Bloggers Association November Blog Hop entries: click here.