Sunday Thought For The Day

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I Hope You Dance

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances but they’re worth taking
Loving might be a mistake but it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance (time is a wheel in constant motion always)
I hope you dance (rolling us along)
I hope you dance (tell me who wants to look back on the years and wonder)
I hope you dance (where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

Dance (time is wheel in constant motion always)
I hope you dance (rolling us along)
I hope you dance (tell me who wants to look back on the years and wonder)
I hope you dance (where those years have gone)

I hope you dance
I hope your dancing
I hope your dancing
I pray your dancing
I hope you dance

This post is dedicated to a dear friend, Amy Pratt, known here as Bella.  Amy was a regular visitor, and even more than that – someone who brought much joy and love to every place she touched, especially in my heart.  Amy, you had a beautiful gift of reaching out and seeing the good, and in touching on something deeper in all of that.   You will be deeply missed, wonderful friend.  Keep dancing in the heavens.

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Darren Sproat February 28, 2010 at 2:23 am

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Linda Abbit February 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

I’m so sorry for your loss, Lance, and send you hugs!

P.S. — I danced to this song with my son at his bar mitzvah celebration for the mother-son dance. 🙂
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Miguel de Luis February 28, 2010 at 2:42 am

I hope you can dance too, Lance :hug:
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Evelyn Lim February 28, 2010 at 3:10 am

What a beautiful tribute to your friend! Dance away, one and all!
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Adrenalynn February 28, 2010 at 4:38 am

Beautiful words – and though I’m not normally a Ronan Keating fan, this kinda moved me just a little bit. Sniffles.
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Miz February 28, 2010 at 5:00 am

So very sorry for the loss of your friend, Lance
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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord February 28, 2010 at 5:13 am

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. Lance, thank you for giving us a chance to honor Amy Pratt with you here today. May her energy continue weaving its way throughout the world, positively affecting everyone she will assuredly touch as she dances in the heavens.
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Jeanne February 28, 2010 at 5:36 am

Very touching Lance I am sorry for your loss
Love Jeanne?
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Natalia Burleson February 28, 2010 at 5:49 am

Lance, Very sorry for the loss of your friend Amy. She sounded like a wonderful friend. Beautiful dedication to her. Sending hugs your way!

Take care,


Jennifer February 28, 2010 at 5:56 am

Lance, So sorry for your loss. I too, lost a dear, amazing friend this week. So young, so strong and so unfair. Thank you for posting this. Although, sad, I can smile knowing that she is at peace and her spirit is shining on all of us. Hug your friends and family….and dance.
(thank you for all of your hard work on Blog 4 a Cause.)


Lynn February 28, 2010 at 6:12 am

Oh my goodness – I am sorry to hear about Amy. A wonderful legacy to leave behind – looking for the good.
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Mindful Mimi February 28, 2010 at 6:19 am

Dear Lance,
Dancing seems to be a big thing for you at the moment. And I think it can mean so many things.
Having gone through the loss of my dear cousin recently, I know exactly where you are now.
These things make us realize how precious life is and how fast it can be over. They tell us to do the things we love NOW, to tell the people we care about that we love them NOW, to stop worrying about the unimportant. For that, I am grateful for such events. Sadness is a learning curve too. And a healing one.
I hope you dance. I hope all the video car dances you receive make you smile.
Thinking of you.
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Joanna Sutter February 28, 2010 at 6:19 am

Sorry to hear you lost a friend, Lance! What a great song to dedicate to her!
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Jannie Funster February 28, 2010 at 6:39 am

Peace and blessings, Lance.

I heard that song just a few days ago outside my window. The men doing some work on our house had their radio on, and I Hope You Dance came on. I sang along a bit. It’s a song that really does live on. As your friend always in your heart.

Have a beautiful day, Lance. I know you will make it a good one.
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jeanne hart February 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

These are wonderful words. I lost my Amy Pratt (shesleepswithseaglass)who passed away on Feb. 25 at the young age of 34. Thanks so much for the comfort.


Trish @IamSucceeding February 28, 2010 at 6:55 am

Good morning…my sincerest condolence for your loss. Beautiful video and fitting I would say.
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Katie West/The Levity Coach February 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

Lance….thank you for this poem and I am so sorry to hear of your loss. And I am just starting to understand more that these beautiful souls do not disappear…they journey on tugging at our hands and feet getting us to dance for them. They move on through us. Through our dancing, our hugging, and our whispers and shouts of joy.
Much love to you and everyone here.
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Marisa (Loser for Life) February 28, 2010 at 7:30 am

I always seem to start my Sunday morning with chills and tears from your posts (in a good way). Thank you for making me think, appreciate, wonder and be grateful 🙂

So sorry about your loss. I hope you find comfort and peace soon. ((HUGS))
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Peggy February 28, 2010 at 7:44 am

I am so sorry for you loss Lance. Keep dancing. What a beautiful song to pay tribute to Amy.

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Audra Krell February 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

Dearest Lance, What a moving and fitting tribute to Bella, your beautiful friend.
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Jody - Fit at 52 February 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

Lance, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful & wonderful way to remember your dear friend!
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Evita February 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

Lance – wow- this is one of my most favorite songs!!!!
I have never heard this version – it is beautiful too, I was always used to the version by the female singer (I can’t think of her name at the moment.)

I LOVE this song and the words so much – thank you – what a treat to hear this, this morning!


jeanne hart February 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

Thank you so much Lance for this wonderful tribute of my *Angel Amy Pratt* You did such a fantastic job in this. I am so touched and the tears are just flowing. I will leave now to go to the funeral home to say good bye to my *Angel Amy* one last time but am grateful for all the memories and especially this wonderful sight. Thank you so much…you are truely a treasure of a person. I know in the days to come I will listen and watch this often. I send lots of love your way. Jeanne Hart the mother of *Angel Amy Pratt* or Bella as many called her.


Kimberley February 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

Sorry for your loss Lance. Beautiful song.
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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} February 28, 2010 at 10:48 am

Lance, Thank you for sharing your thoughts here today. Its such a wonderful tribute to your friend. Amy is surely smiling down from the heavens 🙂
I love that song too…..
Much love,
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suzen February 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

Hi Lance! Lovely song as a tribute to your friend! I have that song down as required music for my memorial. It is what I wish for everyone always – just dance!
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Angelia Sims February 28, 2010 at 11:29 am

Jeanne and Lance,

Thoughts and prayers are with you for your beautiful Bella.

May her soul dance and rejoice in your hearts forever.
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Lori February 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

Hi Lance,

My thoughts are with you. Amy now gets to experience true peace and love — what a wonderful thing. Please know I’m thinking of you and all those who knew her, and I’m sending my healing vibes your way. This post was a beautiful way to remember her and it shows your tremendous light and spirit. The world needs more people like you.

With Love and Light!
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Lance February 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I pray for peace for you, all of Amy’s family, and friends today. Your daughter shined her love and beauty, always, in my life. I am a better person because of our paths crossing out there in this great big world. And today, I know also that she continues to be there, looking down with angel eyes, and that heart of hers that is overflowing with care and compassion.

Know that Amy will always hold a special place in my heart, and I consider it a blessing to have known this sweet and caring soul. And as I look up in the skies today, I’m reminded there’s an angel out there…ever caring and always loving…your daughter…sweet, sweet Bella.

Peace and love always,


Lance February 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Thank you all so much for the caring, compassion, and love you have shown here today. It all touches my soul very deeply, and reminds me of how much true caring really means. Amy was a regular visitor to this site, which also led into something more…to what became a real and meaningful friendship. Seeing a life end all too early is never easy. Today, I find much comfort in all of you who visit here. Just your presence is comforting.



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Steven Aitchison February 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Lance, I was moved to tears at your tribute. You are a wonderful soul and I am sorry for your loss, but happy you found a friend such as Amy.
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rainbowbeetle February 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Hi Lance,
I know Amy from another message board, she was sweet, loving and so caring.
Your post to her was just beautiful and i have reposted it in a few places, because it is just beautiful and very fitting!
I think of Amy today, all the way across the oceans from Australia and feel blessed that i was lucky to have known her for just a bit….


Mark Salinas February 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm

What a tribute Lance. Thanks for this.


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings February 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Lance, so very sorry to hear about Bella. I’ve just been over to her site. It didn’t take me long to know what a special soul she was and is. She was gone all too soon but I can tell she left the world a better place than when she entered it in so many ways. A perfect tribute to her.

Thinking of you and Bella’s family and friends.
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Lisa (mommymystic) February 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

What a beautiful way to memorialize your friend. I have not seen this before, it is beautiful. Blessings to you and Bella’s family. XOXO
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Barbara Swafford March 1, 2010 at 4:31 am

Hi Lance,

My heart goes out to you and Amy’s family. It’s never easy losing a loved one, but it’s a comfort knowing others are close, if only in prayer and spirit.

This is a beautiful tribute to Amy. Thank you for sharing the song as well as how Amy touched your life.

You have my condolences.
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Joy March 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

Lots of good energy to you! How Spirit filled your post is, what an amazing tribute for Amy and a beautiful reminder to us that life is precious and we need to appreciate all that we can in each day and about each other.
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scheng1 March 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

May her spirit lives on to inspire all who face difficulties in life. This is certainly an amazing and unusual tribute.
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janice | Sharing the Journey March 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

Jeanne and Lance,
Blessings and hugs to you both. I hope you find some comfort in all the love expressed above.
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Nadia - Happy Lotus March 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

Hi Lance,

I am sure that Bella knows what is in your heart and is touched by the beautiful tribute that you gave in her memory.

The lyrics are just beautiful and so true.

May we all remember to dance and to love life. For we never know when this fantastic ride will come to an end.

Love and blessings to you, my dear friend!
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Colleen March 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Very nice! Dance away…
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J.D. Meier March 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm

> Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
The ability to open and close doors throughout your life … or go through open doors when they present themselves, or deal with doors that close … is such a crucial life skill.
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Tim March 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Hi Lance:

Thank you for sharing this very nice tribute to Amy. I’ve never heard this song before, but it has some very powerful lyrics and is the perfect choice. I know all of us have the opportunity to meet some great people here in the blogosphere. Some people might say our online connections are not as meaningful as in-person connections. I say that everyone contributes a great deal of energy when we visit each other’s blogs and I know this is a loss that is most definitely felt. I wish the best to Amy’s family and to you, as well.


Jonathan Figaro March 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Great post! Real talk! You know Lee Ann Womack did a wonderful version of this. Its better to me. But i think the song is great non the less. Gotta give that dude for singing his heart out!
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Lance March 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Thank you so much for all your continued support and love. While moments like this aren’t easy, they remind me too of just how fragile life is. And what is truly important…what really matters…the amazing people in our lives. Each of you are a gift here, and I am deeply grateful for each of you.

I look up toward the starry sky outside, and feel an extra sense of peace…and that is Amy, lighting the way…just a little brighter than before.

Know that you will always be remembered here. Until we meet again, sweet friend,

Love always,


Caroline March 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Losing a friend is never easy. And I bet Bella is up in heaven dancing and at peace. She reminds us to keep dancing too. Blessings to you my friend. xoxo
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FatFighterTV March 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Lance – I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you.


Gayle (Gazehound's Animal Communication) March 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Dear friend Lance … I have been so absorbed in my own heartbreak, that I didn’t realize till today that you are hurting, too. I’m so very sorry to hear that you’ve lost such a wonderful friend. My prayers and heart go out to Amy and her family, and to all who shall always love her.

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