The Relief of the Adagio

I read an interview from July 2009 with my old Congressional Representative from when I lived in New York, Carolyn Maloney, where she said this, “If I ever have stressful days, I’ll close the door and I’ll dance…The discipline of dance is very centered. The problem with a lot of these Republican leaders is that they have never done an adagio.” It is no wonder that, for a long time now, Carolyn Maloney has been one of my favorite Washington politicians. That sentence said it all.** I try to avoid books written by politicians these days, but I agree with that sentence to such an extent that it might cause me to purchase her 2008 book, Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Women’s Lives Aren’t Getting Any Easier — And How We Can Make Real Progress for Ourselves and our Daughters. I might consider reading it even though I ordinarily object to ridiculously long titles, also.

Back to the dancing, I love Maloney’s statement because it is the exact same reaction that I have to stressful situations. David keeps making fun of the fact that I keep telling him that we need to get window treatments for the first floor of the house because I would like to dance in relative privacy. Stress-relieving dancing is ONLY meant to be done in private. Dancing where others can see you immediately brings it back into the fold of stress-inducing activities.

**On an tangentially related point, Carolyn Maloney is one reason why my team is dominating my fantasy Congress league right now. With just a few weeks to go, the team Mr. Knightley’s Neighbors is poised for a huge victory.

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