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Camel Pirouette


It has been nearly a month now of trusting what I receive.    And I am receiving some delightful information and healing these days.   As a matter of fact this piece of inspiration just fell on my head and it was so wonder full that I decided I just must share it with you.

From the book Fables ~Arnold Lobel

The Camel Dances

The Camel had her heart set on becoming a ballet dancer. “To make every movement a thing of grace and beauty,” said the Camel.  “That is my one and only desire.”

Again and again she practiced her pirouettes, her releve’s, 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 with fatigue, 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 dance 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 baggy and bumpy.  You are, like the rest of us, simply a camel. You are not and never will be a ballet dancer!”

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 for myself.”

That is what she did.  It gave her many years of pleasure.

Satisfaction will come to those who please themselves.

What gives you satisfaction?
Looking forward to your comments

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20 Responses to “Camel Pirouette”

  1. Patricia Says:

    Here is a link to an incredible book giveaway and painting sale..

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  2. Sara Says:

    WOW. This is my lucky day!! This is great uplifting story and post. I loved how that story ended. Might we all take the Camel’s words to heart and do what we love…because WE love it.

    As a writer, I get my share of critics, but they can’t take away my love of story telling and letting the stories unfold. It’s like painting without thinking of exactly what you want to paint. You just put brush to paper and see what happens. That’s how I feel about writing. Some will like what I do and some will not. But, as you so wonderfully put.it, all the really matters is that I like what I do.

    Thanks, Patricia. I’m so pleased I visited today:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Just popped over to read your fun words and gaze at the stair case – wow what creativity.
    I have been working on technical issues today – from getting a crown at the dentist to trying to figure out how I want to fix my new blog…
    The dental tech showed me 6 new things on my iPhone which I did not know how to do – while I was waiting for the glue to dry…6 things and suddenly I knew that the technical people have moved miles a head of me..miles in just a brief time…and that is what is wrong with my new blog…

    I am finding the bloggers with big numbers are paying others to do the technical work for them – 3 times this month I have heard that lesson?

    Will we still dance when we know that we might not find what we are looking for? Will there be time for pleasure?

    This book literally fell on my head as I was getting out another reference book. And this is my favorite story in the book…it was truly talking to me – can I trust what I am getting?

    Thank you for your visit and great words and fun words

  3. Jannie Funster Says:

    What gives me satisfaction, my dear?

    When my kitchen counter tops are all clear and clean. (Which is happening a LOT lately, since we got the new dishwasher!)

    When my child is nice to me.

    When lyrics of a song fall into place like leaves onto a pile.

    When Blue Bunny makes a nice new header.

    When you pop over to my blog.

    When I have a good night’s sleep.

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    Patricia Reply:

    I think maybe Jagger is the only one who can’t get no satisfaction?

    You certainly have an excellent list here… :)

  4. Melody | Deliberate Receiving Says:


    I agree with the camel. LOL. Do what you love, even if no-one else supports you. We don’t need the approval of others in order to truly enjoy something. We only need our own. Good for the camel. :)

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    Patricia Reply:

    Hope your travels are going well – and I too agree with Camel.
    I have rather done this most of my life and am very happy when someone also finds satisfaction in something that I enjoy…but it is rare – sometimes a treat.

    This lesson just came to me

  5. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    What a wonderful story — simply wonderful. THANK YOU for choosing it to share it with us here.
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    Patricia Reply:

    thank you for your kind words…I have to say your Slow Burn post is simply wonderful too….
    I am working on removing some of the intensity of my life…so when this book fell on my head – I thought I needed to share it :)

  6. Terrill Welch Says:

    Thank you Patricia for mentioning Salish Sea Sunday Savings. I am getting terribly excited. It is time to choose the photograph and painting prints for event.

    So if you anyone has any suggestions leave a comment at Creative Potager and let me know.

    Your camel story is just perfect for my day today Patricia. I am manifesting courage to go boldly forward. This post is a perfect fit. Thank you :)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for coming on over Terrill – I hope lots of folks will visit your Salish Sea Sunday Savings event…Your work is so beautiful

    Wow we are having one of those rare thunder storms…

    Yes, camel is quite a good fit for my day too
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  7. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. so true – we do .. because we believe in ourselves and shouldn’t be put off by the naysayers .. it’s a constant learning process .. practise, practise, practise .. as the dear lady camel did ..

    It reminds me of the Flanders and Song .. The Warthog ..


    wonderful words and when they’re sung by Flanders and Swann .. fantastic – similar to your special came. (can’t find the song!)

    Believe in yourself at all times … beautiful Indian Summer we’re having here .. cheers for now .. Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Hilary,
    I will be around the blogs tomorrow – I had a wee journey away to help a kiddo move…

    This book is just a whole gem of stories with moral lessons…I would recommend you track it down…

    yes believe in yourself..
    We are having rain and the heat came on a few times in the last couple of days…I think our Indian Summer may have been in early Sept.

    Quite a wind storm here too last week…
    Thank you for dropping in – love your link
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    patricia Reply:

    loved the song Hilary – Thank you

  8. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — I can definitely relate to the camel — I’ve been writing a lot of music recently and I think I can honestly say that I’m having fun writing it, regardless of whether anyone hears it. But I do want to collaborate with people and put on a musical featuring my songs, and doing that will be a bonus.
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    Patricia Reply:

    I too have been doing music…trying to get the throat to sing again after the tumors were removed…I have joined the Peace Choir here and am having fun connecting and singing with the group.
    Music is so good for the soul
    Have you been over to wonders in the dark – Sam Juliano’s blog they are counting down the top 60 musicals ever – it is an amazing series and reminds me of lots of good music
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  9. Sam Juliano Says:


    You really have made my day!!!

    I adore Arnold Lobel’s FABLES, and have used it with my classes for over 15 years. It’s truly one of the great Caldecott Medal winners, and a sad reminder of how this great artist passed before his time. As everyone knows he was part of the FROG MEETS TOAD equation too. I love “Camel dance” but my absolute favorite in the collection are:

    The Bad Kangeroo
    The Bear and the Crow
    The Crane and the Pellican

    But I really love them all and have long relished the moral to be gained in each. The illustrations of course are lovely and witty.

    Patricia Reply:

    I truly love this whole book, but this was the story which when the book fell on my head it opened too…I was trusting what I got

    We just love frog and toad at this house hold too and I think they inspired one child to be a writer and Librarian…

    Thank you for the shout out on your great blog…I will come over tomorrow for the details of the post :)

    Wonders in the Dark is really outdoing itself especially with the musical reviews…amazingly good stuff being shared there
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  10. Deborah Says:

    Oh such wise words from a camel! I get great satisfaction from a well written book just read or writing one myself even if it does not find a publisher. I get as much satisfaction from completing a drawing though these days I do not sell them. I also get satisfaction from seeing a clean load of washing hanging on the line or a freshly made bed.
    A timely post as I am putting off starting a new piece of writing, wondering who will read it…blow that! I shall write it anyway and if I like the result then I will have succeeded. Thank you!

    Patricia Reply:

    You write to well, it is satisfaction in words for sure!

    I got all the veggies in the freezer, then wiped down the counters and finished one of the books I am reading – I know those moments of satisfaction.

    With you new grand children, may I recommend Arnold Lobel’s great words from this Book and his Frog and Toad series…Maybe you already know them? A wealth…

    Thank you for dropping in – your posts about your travels have been so fun to read – I am learning a lot
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