What happens when we set our sights on
It may seem unlikely but it is our true
nature. It may seem ridiculous but it
is our heart’s purpose.
It may be entirely unsupported.
This wonderful story by Arnold Lobel came
to my mind. I want to share it.
The Camel had her heart set on becoming a ballet
“To make every movement a thing of grace and
beauty”, said the Camel. “That is my one and only
Again and again she practiced her pirouettes, her
releves and her arabesques. She repeated the five
basic positions a hundred times each day. She
worked for long months under the hot desert sun.
Her feet were blistered and her body ached, but
not once did she think of stopping.
At last the Camel said, “Now I am a dancer.” She
announced a recital and danced before an invited
group of camel friends and critics. When her
was over, she made a deep bow.
There was no applause.
“I must tell you frankly,” said a member of the
audience, “as a critic and a spokesman for this
group, that you are lumpy and humpy. You are
and bumpy. You are, like the rest of us, simply a
camel. You are NOT and never will be a ballet
Chuckling and laughing the audience moved away
across the sand.
“How very wrong they are!” said the Camel. “I
have worked hard. There can be no doubt that I am
a splendid dancer. I will dance and dance just
That is what she did. It gave her many years of
Are you showing up with your heart and soul
following the path of your true nature?
I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below
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