Are you Running with Wolves?
Wolves are usually seen as magical and beautiful creatures. But... Did you know that their jaws have a crushing power of 1,500 pounds per square inch? They have 42 teeth that are specialized for stabbing, shearing, and crunching bones? Wolves can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single sitting? That's 100 hamburgers! They run on their toes to help stop and turn quickly to hunt their prey. They roam up to 12 miles a day hunting for food. They run up to 38 miles per hour to get that food. That’s a pretty cute image right?
Take that image of a powerful hunting machine… and attach it to the negative thoughts in your brain. “I’m not thin enough.” “I am dumb.” “I can’t do that.” “Who does she think she is?” “Today is horrible.” Negativity has the same power of the jaw of a wolf. That negativity runs as fiercely to devour your joy. These wolves can tear apart your self-esteem, change your perspective, and stop you from achieving all you are able to. I truly believe you will never be whole or complete until you change the voice inside your head.
Are you running with WOLVES? Or, are you fighting back?
You have the power to CHANGE your story. Take those thoughts… those WOLVES captive. Drive out the wolves by repeating... I am good. I am loved. I am valued. She is good. She is loved. She is valuable. Today is good. Today is a day of love. Today will have value. Now, I know what you are thinking… “Nice idea, Lex. But, it’s not that easy. You don’t know my life.” You’re right. I don’t know your story. I don’t know what your inner wolves are. Some days are good and some days are bad. But, good thing … a single day doesn’t define a whole life. Take today. Fight today’s wolves to the best of your ability. At the end of the day, set it all aside and rest. Replace those negative thoughts with good… And give yourself grace as you make your way through your story.
This past Spring I was given the opportunity to be a guest artist at Florida School of the Arts in Palatka, Florida. Leading up to this experience... I felt like I was being haunted by images of wolves. Dreams of wolves. Pictures of wolves. When I ran the Gate River Run, I saw THREE runners wearing shirts with wolves on them. WHAT?! As I began to dive into research on wolves, I knew this Three Hearts Dance Story, “WOLVES,” was meant for the dancers of Florida School of the Arts. I want to thank these amazing dancers for passionately connecting with this vision. This opportunity will forever be held in my heart as an experience of learning, connection, and next steps of THD.
Watch our story, “WOLVES” HERE!
Hear more about the creation HERE!
* These songs where used during the preparation of WOLVES!