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Is Salsa your style?

Is Salsa a style of dance that you can move to?

It is a style of dance that you move to with unhinged hips and swaying shoulders, carumba!

One, two, three and four, one, two, three and four up two, three and four back two , three

and four. How do they do the hip release?

I’m in my hotel room moving to the beats of  salsa and meringue. The only problem I have

two left feet and not as fluid as the evening is going to call for. I’d just like to have fun and blend in. Everyone from 8 to 80 has this beat down and with a little patience I will too.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

Today’s itinerary calls for our dental delegation to deliver to a man toothpaste and toothbrushes for political prisoners. Good oral hygiene will reduce the need for dental emergencies.

Find a dentist in K.C. who can make a difference in the lives of others.

After touring pristine neighborhoods and experiencing some of the most exquisite dining in the world,  the fact remains we are in a communist country only 228 miles from Miami.

It appears President Castro’s strategy is to outproduce the economic embargo and tough times with a seven day work week.

The paper on my bed says Felice Navidad, 2004, and so it is as noted by the Park Central Hotel holiday decor. Walking around Park Central it seems to be business as usual. I see faces from all

over the world today. Cuba is all over the Internet as a place with old world charm. Havana is a seductive city.  There is no wonder why major American corporations poured money into this beautiful country.

Is it too early for mojitos? I bet Ernest Hemingway would not have asked this question.

He was well-known as a pacesetter here.

The day moves slowly as I anxiously anticipate the coming evening activities. As we approach evening, everyone gathers in the hotel lobby and board a bus for dinner.

After devouring a meal that was divine I made note of a ritual in Havana, Cohiba time.

Men order the finest scotch and wine that money can buy as they savor these precious cigars.

The restaurant is playing live music and it’s time to see if the salsa practice paid off. The lady in white blouse and tuxedo

trousers that delivered our table the most wonderful meal clasps her hands and moves to the salsa beat. During the meal she

had explained she is a dance instructor. She is moving like she invented the salsa,  pulling me up from the table.

To celebrate life through dance is one of the most exhilarating things the human spirit can experience. I feel the ebb and

flow of the salsa rhythm. The experienced band increases the tempo kicking the evening into high gear. As I look back upon that night, I’m not sure if I really grabbed a long stem rose from the vase on our table and held it between clenched teeth or

wished I had, but we really enjoyed the evening.

What is the dance of life? Living a life of fulfillment, willing to experience both the ups and downs of life. By statistical

analysis many people do not enjoy their 9-5 jobs. Find and pursue your passion. It may be doing those things that will

keep you progressing on your success journey, day by day, hour by hour. It could also consist of being able to observe

what is happening in nature and applying the principles that govern the universe within your own life. You must take action to change what you don’t want in your life or to attract what you do want. There has been a lot of buzz about the Law of Attraction within the last few years. This law is secondary to it’s parent law, the Law of Vibration. When playing the clarinet in high school orchestra class, I remember a percussionist striking a kettle drum and hearing a snare drum vibrate in

another part of the room. A frequency from the kettle drum caused a like frequency from the snare drum to resonate.

The dance instructor  at the restaurant pulled me up from a table of several guest – The Law of Vibration at work.

Even the wall flower sitting quietly enjoying the evening is dancing in their own mind. Regardless of whether they get

up to dance or not the person just may be mentally clenching the rose between their teeth. The mental connection can start the communication process. To many women the most attractive man in the room is the man who demonstrates kindness

throughout their evening. He’s the one that leaves the lasting impression. He knows how to grant beingness.

When they’re playing your favorite song and you really want to get to know the wall flower in your life just sit that one out and see what resonates between the two of you. When we dance from the imagination or connect on the floor the mind will see the two as the same. Just enjoy the moment.

The imagination is a powerful tool for manifesting what you want when your actions align with what you want in the

physical universe. Your actions must align with what you are asking. Albert Einstein stated, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

If you enjoy line dancing, you have a role to play. The same is true regarding a waltz or the fox trot. There is a rhythm to

dance, a flowing artistic expression, as well as a form of communication. Michael Jackson expressed, “I’m Bad” on the world stage. A ballet tells an intricate life story with dance.  Accept your ups and downs as part of life’s rhythm.

The dance of life is you finding your purpose in life. Plot a course through uncharted waters, boldly go where no

other man or woman has gone before. This is your time and it is never too late. The Bible says, “We are more than conquerors.” Opportunities always exist to achieve what you want from life, but you must be aware when they come.

When one door closes another will open. Be prepared to walk through. Like the dance we have a role to play in finding

our life purpose. In the song “The Rose” written by Bette Midler …..It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. There are gifts and talents you possess that allow you to perform task as well or better than any other being on the planet.

If you haven’t discovered them yet start asking those who really know you what do they observe you doing that is done as well or better than any one else. There is a rhythm to life as is the ebb and flow of a river. Pace yourself for life is a marathon and come to the party to dance even if it’s just in your imagination.

The end result may astonish you.

Is Salsa your style? Live a life that is fulfilling and find your life purpose.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.



Published by Artis

I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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