It's easy to understand why the video went viral, with well over 1 million views. It was one of those things that, if you allow it, can make you feel good for hours.
Over the next few days, I noticed I was feeling compelled to watch it again and again, and it wasn't until I made note of the circumstances surrounding those compulsions that I realized what it was that was drawing me there.
Each time I heard or read something that struck me as particularly barbaric, or news of a child or animals being hurt or mistreated, it was like my mind needed to balance the bad with some good.
That all those people were willing to take the time to learn that dance in order to provide a quick thrill for a bunch of total strangers who didn't have a clue what was happening -- I find that enchanting. Powerful.
When I allow myself to pay too much attention to the news or to our finances or the amount of work needing done, it's hard not to get down. I need to expand my collection of videos into something that doesn't require a computer to see. I need a list to remind myself about all the people who mow lawns for elderly neighbors or fix meals for exhausted new parents or tend the graves of total strangers just because someone should.
People who catch and fix feral cats, who decorate random statues and trees with knitted scarves, who make a point of dropping change in places for children to find.
Who make things better for others they don't even know.
They give us a reason to want to join in the dance.
Reach Karin Fuller at karinful...@cnpapers.com.