Let’s Dance....

In the 1930’s and 40’s Swing music was all the rage.  The great Benny Goodman had as his theme song, “Let’s Dance.”    As the saying goes, “It takes two to Tango.”  That is the very essence of interdependence!  You can’t tango alone. It is extremely difficult for those in our society to function if they do not understand the concept of interdependence.  I recently read the autobiography of John Robison, “Look Me in the Eye.”  Robison suffers from Aspergers Syndrome.  In his book he describes the extreme difficulty he had learning to associate with other people.  He couldn’t read expressions, he didn’t get sarcasm, he could not relate to others.  His life was very difficult because he didn’t “get” interdependence.
No matter where we go we associate with others.  The grocery, the airport, our church, everywhere we meet and relate to other people we rely on interdependence.  We ask a clerk in the store, “how much does this cost?”  Interdependence!  We visit with a neighbor and, once again, Interdependence.  Life is a continuous dance.  It is moving together in the same place, often in several places at the same time, but it is all a graceful movement of relating to each other.  Our church, Church of the
Good Shepherd in Albuquerque, has a number of dances of interdependence going all at the same time.  As I write this our youth have just returned from a week of service with our Sister Church in El Paso.  We serve at a homeless shelter on a regular basis, we house families in transition to permanent homes and are involved in other activities that require interdependence.  What a wonderful life we live and how empty it would be without these activities in our lives.
If you get a chance to read John Robison’sbook you will realize what life is like when living in a vacuum.   After years of an amazing struggle he finally learned what we all take for granted.....Interdependence.  He learned to read others and to react to them in a socially acceptable manner.  Almost all of us have this ability as an innate part of us.  We do not appreciate it. Let us laugh and enjoy the dance, the give and take of mutual agreement to be there for others and give ourselves to them.  Let us rejoice in the interdependence that makes our world a more exciting place in which to live.  “Let’s Dance!”
Bob Rosenak