Learning to Live

Quote of the week ~

Learn why it really is horrible not to live - and why you should live "full out" !

“it is nothing to die; it is horrible not to live.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Dancing Full Out…

I have used this quote so often for inspiration, because it encourages me to live – in dancer terms – “full out” for Christ.

What does that mean?

Often, dancers will use the term “full out” to distinguish from “marking” a routine. To dance full out means to dance it with everything you have – not holding anything back, but giving it your all. Marking a routine, though, is when you gesture through the basic movements to understand the counts, rhythm, or the gist of the dance. We often mark a dance when we are too worn out to actually spend all of our energy in dancing it, and the movements are often half the size of a full out rehearsal.

… In Life.

This metaphor from ballet provides insight into our everyday lives, even for those that never dance. This is because the concept is universal. In every profession, every discipline, and every area of life, there are those that do everything halfway – saving their energy for some unknown point in the future. This is, of course, efficient and easy. I know from experience how often I have been tempted to “mark it” in ballet. Especially after getting an injury from dancing full out!

Why you should live.

Yet, is this how God wants us to live? Is this how my teacher wants me to dance?

No. And here’s why.

If you mark a dance every time you show up in class, how will you ever learn to dance it with everything you have? How will you ever transition from energy-saving mode to performance, when it really counts?

Even worse, do you want to look back on your ballet class – or life – with regrets that you didn’t give it your all?


You can’t let your past experiences – your “injuries” from dancing full out – restrain you from living with abandon. This is where the first part of the quote comes in. When you are living your life 100% for Christ, what do have to fear of the future? If you have lived every day full out for Christ, why should death scare you?

Death is not the ultimate evil – what is more horrible than dying is knowing that you didn’t live.

I will close with a quote from legendary ballet choreographer George Balanchine.

“What are you waiting for? What are you saving for? Now is all there is.”


I encourage you to look at your life and ask yourself, “am I living full out for Christ?” If you live 100% for Christ’s sake, know that despite the difficulties, inconveniences, and unpopularity of doing so, the reward is far more than you could ever imagine.

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