I wrote a blog a couple of days ago about time, but what about timing? In comedy it is one of the three keys to success according to Bob Hope. He believed it was recognition, material and timing. He said timing could not be taught, it was something you had or you didn’t. You can see the evidence in comedians like Bob Newhart.
Also with luck, good or bad, timing is everything, if the stars line up in the right way or don’t. There are lots of serendipitous events that shape peoples lives. One example is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?” Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. All about the timing isn’t it?
And finally timing in dance. My wife, daughter and I are planning to go on a cruise in the new year and our port of departure is San Juan in Puerto Rico. I had come across a show called Samantha Brown in Puerto Rico. In the show there was an example of a dance called Bomba. This dance is a very energetic rhythmic dance. The dancer has a long flowing dress that is hooked to her hands that she can flick and move to the beat. The beat for the dance is played by drums a cuá and a maraca. Two drummers pounds out the beat and the other reacts to the dancer, complimenting and working with her movements. It is a beautiful thing and is quite aggressive yet very hypnotizing. What I love about this is the drummer reacts to the dancer and it works, like a jazz band jamming. It goes to show that even if you march to the beat of a different drummer there is a drummer out there that will be doing the same thing you are, and eventually something beautiful will come of it. A perfect example is this blog, I have found so many like minded individuals that it warms my heart to find people that not only think like me, and are interested about the same things I am, but are all over the world and bring their own experiences and cultures to their blogs. For someone who likes to learn it is a wonderful thing.
So I look forward to seeing someone perform a Bomba dance when we are in Puerto Rico. I’ll have to check around and find out when and where they are performing, I just hope our timing is right.