“Life is a dance, and we’re dancing on a moving floor.” – Klaus Obermeyer

“To be creative means to be in love with life,” Osho said, “You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” 

Martha Graham said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul” 

Friedrich Nietzsche said, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

We can look at dancing as literal. Or we can look at a dance as a metaphor for how we approach today’s problems. 

In life, in aikido, in business, whatever 99-year-old Klaus Obermeyer focuses on, he uses the dance metaphor. In interview after interview he returns to ‘the dance’. 

“There’s so much new, it’s a dynamic world that we’re living in and dancing in, which makes it very wonderful.”

 “I think finding out the best way to dance through life without making enemies is important.”

“It’s kind of like a dance on a floor that’s moving.”

 “Life is a dance, and we’re dancing on a moving floor. So things are always different, and there are always opportunities. Always new opportunities. Isn’t that wonderful?”

 “The challenges and the opportunities never end. That’s always there for the taking. We are dancing through life. If something negative comes, we know there is something positive connected to it.”

“Life is a dance, and we’re dancing on a moving floor. So things are always different, and there are always opportunities. Always new opportunities.”

How might you dance with your challenges and your opportunities today?


I stumbled across 99-year-old Klaus Obermeyer during my 40 Days to Change for Good‘first 50 years alive transitioning into last 50 years alive’ retreat. Born in 1919 in Germany, he moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1947. He formed the company that he still oversees today(!), Sport Obermeyer, in 1950. 

Over the last seventy years, he has changed how we humans play outside in the winter. Here’s a partial list of his innovations: the first down parka from a goose down comforter his mother gave him before he moved to America, the first waterproof-breathable fabrics, high alpine sunscreen, nylon wind shirts, mirrored sunglasses, double-lensed goggles, two pronged ski brakes, lined ski boots, turtlenecks with elasticized collars. 

He’s also an inspiring guy – enthusiastic, energetic, cheerful, healthy, strong, fully alive. I began collecting what he had to say about how he has managed to enjoy ninety-nine years alive. Let Klaus inspire and guide you to be ‘happy from here to a hundred’.

Note: Most of Klaus’s quotes are from his 99th birthday interview. (He was born Dec 2, 1919.) A few quotes are from his 98thand 96thbirthday interviews, among other sources.

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