Step 1 – Go to any wedding in America.
Step 2 – Wait for the DJ to spin The Village People.
It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal. You can do whatever you feeeeel.
I’m certain that you don’t need any further instructions. In fact, you probably have your arms raised into the letter Y position above your head already. I do.
Too bad life can’t be filled with such unabashed, embarrassing fun every day of the week!
Most of the time when we’re doing the Y.M.C.A. OF LIFE, it’s a little more serious than the song. It also doesn’t involve wearing plastic construction-worker hats while dancing with an intoxicated bride and groom.
Let’s break it down…
Your life is going along just fine until…it’s not. A relationship ends. A family member dies. Your car catches fire at the gas station. Your wallet is stolen and a stranger spends your life’s savings at Radio Shack. Get the picture?
When these things happen, they are easier to process when you realize that the Y.M.C.A. is about to play.
Stage 1 – WHY
You question what happened. You are mad….upset….emotional…can’t understand WHY.
Stage 2 – EMMM
You step back and think about it…seek to find answers and gain understanding. Emotions are calmed as you release an audible breath…EMMM.
Stage 3 – SEE
You begin to SEE the situation differently…realize that some good has come from it…or that you’ve grown stronger as a person…or that it is beyond your comprehension and in God’s hands.
Stage 4 – AYE
Sometimes the Y.M.C. A. OF LIFE can start and finish in a day. Other times it takes years, with a person being stuck in the EMMM position for a very long time until they finally point both arms in the same direction and realize that…
Young man, young man, there’s no need to feel down. Young man, young man, pick yourself off the ground and….
Have you done this dance in your life? Do you ever get stuck at the EMMM?