It’s January 21, 2009 and all eyes are on Washington, D.C. Now that he’s officially become the 44th President of the United States of America, what will this 47 year-old mulatto man from Chicago, Illinois do?

It was that night Barack Obama and Michelle took center stage and did what true leaders do. In pure legal fashion, they set a precedent to define how they would spend their time in office.

Introduced by none other than Denzel Washington and serenaded by Queen Bey, President Barack and First Lady Michelle held hands, smiled, looked each other in the eyes, and danced. screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-59-29-am

“At Last” were the words that belted out. It was then that we all took a deep, long exhale. At that moment, we knew these hearts were truly intertwined, a team “in it to win.”

Then, guess what happened next? We smiled too.

We imagined ourselves on that stage swaying from side to side. We cheered with each step until the very end. This dance reflected how President Barack and Michelle planned to spend their entire administration.

Laughing in the face of adversity. Smiling at critics. Dancing through pain.

Whether it was the First Lady showing us her spontaneity with her “Let’s Move” campaign and Ellen show appearances  or the President charmingly dancing to “Thriller,” they showed us how to “dance with the stars”. screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-8-04-28-am

As LonnaHardin.com takes time to honor their leadership and legacy, let’s not ever forget to follow their example and dance.

LEADERSHIP LESSON #2: Laugh, Smile and Dance Through Your Opposition and Pain.

Such a powerful concept. As a recording artist, author, and digital marketing expert, I know the power of a good dance.

Today, tired of looking at the computer screen, I put this principle to work. With a President Barack and Michelle Obama style and grace, I reminded myself, “It’s time to dance?”

It hit me. What better song than “Computer Love!” screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-8-08-29-amIt captured exactly how I was feeling. After all, wasn’t I was having a love affair with my computer?

I hurried to Youtube to find my old-school fav. First, I laughed. Then… I smiled. Next, I danced.

I danced until I pushed passed the fatigue. I danced until I silenced the boredom and internal noise in my head. It felt so freeing, so liberating. I kept dancing.

Michelle and Barack let us in on their little secret. For the rest of their term and until the transition is complete, I’ll be dancing every chance I get in their honor.

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” ― Eckhart Tolle,

Thanks President and First Lady Obama. This dance is for you!