The idea is simple enough…

You put your right foot in…just testing the waters
You put your right foot out…the waters aren’t quite what you’d expected
You put your right foot in and you shake it all about (because sometimes stirring or disrupting the waters make them seem less foreign)
You do the Hokey-Pokey and you TURN YOURSELF AROUND
THAT’S what it’s all about.

Of course, if that were what it was really all about, your problems would be resolved and you’d never have to move on to the next part of the song. But you didn’t learn from the first part, so next you repeat the same steps but this time with your LEFT FOOT hoping against all hope to get a different result.

When the left foot forsakes you, you move on to your RIGHT HAND and then eventually your LEFT HAND, go through the same motions and are again surprised you haven’t reached your goal of truly turning yourself around and changing your life.

Sound familiar? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been subscribing to the rules of the Hokey Pokey your whole life, but not learning the lesson of the song. And if you’re here, reading this little blog of mine (I’m going to let it shine), chances are you’re somewhere near the end of the song…around the point where you’re asked to put your head in. So…

You Put Your Head In…trying to wrap your head around why the previous several steps didn’t get you the results you were looking for.
You Put Your Head Out…assuming things haven’t quite worked out for you because you’ve over-thought the whole mess.
You Put Your Head In And You Shake It All About…like that ever REALLY helped you think more clearly!
You Do The Hokey Pokey…let’s face it…you’ve been doing it your whole life…
And You Turn Yourself Around…are you looking back to see who is there supporting you? Are you looking nostalgically back at a time when you think things were clearer/better/easier? Are you simply regressing? Is THAT what it’s all about?

If you’d gotten it right before this point, then you wouldn’t still be trying to fix yourself now, would you? Nostalgia is an interesting way we mess with our own minds. Were things really so great back then? I seem to recall we took our right and left feet, both hands and several other body parts back out, shook them around and tried to improve the situation without better results, so perhaps what we’ve been trying over and over again (definition of insanity anyone?) isn’t working for a reason.

What’s the last direction in the song, and how does that apply to what we’re trying to do here? You’ve tested the waters. You’ve waded in. What is your level of commitment to your goal? Perhaps once we commit to putting our whole self in, we won’t need to turn ourselves around anymore…

And THAT’S What it’s all about.

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