Why is the “Dancing Wedding Video” Striking a Chord?

jill_and_kevin_wedding_party“Most of the time, I don’t have much fun. The rest of the time, I don’t have any fun at all.” – Woody Allen

By this time, you’ve probably heard about the dancing wedding video of Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz that’s gone viral on YouTube. Or maybe you’ve seen the couple featured on The Today Show or read about them in People magazine.

Why has this video POP’d out?
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0] I think it’s because it shows happiness in action.

In today’s economy, with unprecedented layoffs, foreclosures, and disappearing 401K’s, it’s a respite from the doom and gloom of our hard times.

How long has it been since you’ve had fun? Innocent, laugh-out-loud, carefree fun?

I think that’s what we tap into when we see that wedding party boogying down the aisle. “I’ll have what they’re having.”

I’ll always remember asking my sons’ preschool teacher if she was looking forward to her wedding, less than two weeks away.

She looked at me and said glumly, “I can’t wait ’til it’s over.”

Yikes. When I asked why, the about-to-be bride went on to explain that one uncle and aunt were threatening not to attend if the “other” uncle and aunt were going to be there because they couldn’t stand each other. The band had cancelled, the photographer wanted more money, and the caterer didn’t like the menu she’d requested.

I remember thinking, “That’s a poster child for losing perspective when we can’t wait for our own wedding to be over.”

I think that’s one of the reasons more than 14 million people have watched that video and passed it on. In the middle of everything going wrong, it shows something going gloriously right.

Puts things in perspective.

Have you watched the video? Forwarded it to friends? If so, why did it resonate with you? What motivated you to send it to others?

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