No 11 3-16-18 “If We Had No Winter”

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No 11 3-16-18 “If We Had No Winter”

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
– Charlotte Bronte (1816 – 1855) English novelist and poet

Almost 16 years ago, my life partner died in my arms, at home, surrounded by love, family, and friends. I was so angry in the Spring when the trees began to bloom. I wrote this as I realized time could not keep me in my Winter of sorrow but was ushering me to my time of Spring renewal.

March 3, 2003

I cannot stop the trees from budding.

I cannot stop the spring from coming.

I cannot stop the days from growing lighter and longer.

I cannot stop the awakening of Spring and the good-bye to Winter.

I cannot stop the warmth of Summer from arriving.

I cannot stop time.

Time is moving on.

Time is removing all bad memories and renewing all good memories.

Time is soothing the pain of grief and is the solace of mourning.

Time is the author of hope and a new tomorrow.

Time is healing the brokenness.

Time renews the spirit that has been crushed.

Time moves on.

Thanks for reading,

David Earl Woodbury
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No 10 3-9-18 All the Big Things in this World!

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No 10 3-9-18 All the Big Things in this World!

All the Big Things in this World!

“All big things in this world are done by people who are naive and have an idea that is obviously impossible.” – Dr. Frank Richards (1875 – 1961) English Writer

Every day I am working on my masterpiece, a great life of service and a life of giving fun, happiness, health and healing to others through the magic of dance. This is my big thing in this world. I work on it all the time. This work mainly consists of the small, mundane things that make the big picture come to life. I used to put down the faithful person who just showed up day after day, now I praise them for their consistency and work ethic. Now, after so many years, I believe that showing up and doing a good day’s work is truly a hero’s day.

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley (1864-1963) English Novelist

My quest for doing my Big Thing in this world was thwarted by me trying to change others for many years. I thought that my success would be insured by making others around me change to my standards. Boy, was that a bust! You cannot make anyone else change anything in their life. But I surely can change my life. I also found out that if I did not walk the walk, and live the true live, that I was just a fraud and a fake. Am I perfect now, no, but I’m trying, repeatedly to get it right in my life so I may be a leader for others.

“To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.” – Jean Anouilh (1910 – 1987) French dramatist

As I have said my own “yes” to the Big Thing in my life, it has not been easy. I am often criticized for the schedule I keep, and it truly hurts to hear other’s opinions of “you need to slow down”. I can only think of great conductors and composers whose whole life is music. They never stop. The life of a musician, a painter, poet, writer, CEO, speaker, athlete, dancer, religious leader, entrepreneur, new anchor, they do not “work”, they just live their lives. Imagine if I asked Monsignor, are you going to take a break from your faith and leadership today? I’m sure he’d let me have it and tell me to get back to reality. Yes, I plunge both hands deep into my big life of service.

“Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.” – Sir Frederick Treves (1853 – 1923) English Surgeon

Never in my life have I been the brightest crayon, but I have been the best crayon in the box. My striving to work to realize the vision in my heart, to make the dream come true has been my saving grace all my life. Someone asked me yesterday where I got all my energy. I immediately said that I had the great blessing of having the most incredible parents in the world. My mother was charismatic, and she never knew a stranger. She was a story teller and she always could laugh at life. My dad was a great leader and a man of service. Dad made such an impact in others lives. The greatest legacy they left was their life DNA in my spirit, heart, and life.

Now in my 60’s, I am so proud that I am becoming my mom and dad. I feel them every day in my heart, my day, my spirit. They are somehow always with me and leading me. I have heard that some are afraid of becoming their parents. Not for me, I am giving myself to their example and striving to become that great leader in my life. You could say that this is becoming a burning desire in my heart that is growing dad-by-day, month-by-month, year-by-year.

This is my Big Thing and I love it. What’s your Big Thing? You have one, just take a quiet moment and realized what you are called to in your life. I wish you joy as you come to your realization and as your eyes clearly open.

Thanks for reading,

David Earl Woodbury
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No 9, 3-2-18, You Must Be The Motivator!


No 9 3-2-18 You Must Be The Motivator!

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You must be the motivator!

How to maintain a state of euphoria. Expect success and maintain your enthusiasm!

To get started, you must possess a bit of faith – believing without seeing. Your attitude has to be, there is nothing I cannot handle.

Five tips to do this:

  1. Just say OK to the situation and see it as it is.
  2. Analyze what is happening from all angles.
  3. Decide what you’re going to do.
  4. Act and Take Action!
  5. Then move on!

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) Scottish Novelist

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As I am growing in my 60’s, I am realizing what I am supposed to be and who I am to become. This is an awesome realization. I have awakened to the fact that I must be the spark, the starter, the leader, the motivator, the thinker of ideas, the catalyst, the first to act, the life changer, the one who steps forward first, the one who is the mentor, the cheerleader, the maker of change.

“Be the Change You Wish To See in the World” Mohandas Gandhi

If I want others to change around me, I must be the example of that change. If I want growth, I must grow. If I want enthusiasm, I must be the best enthusiast. If I want a joyous atmosphere, I must be the sanguine of the room. I realized that my actions are the only motivational book some people will ever read. If I am not true to my beliefs, I am a fake to everyone around me. I am not true to myself or others. I must walk the walk and be the example for others.

“I was taught how to work. I think that’s everything. Creativity and imagination alone are not going to get you there.”

– Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (1969 ) American author

With all my writings about faith, hope, leadership and mentoring, nothing is of any value if it is not accompanied with hard work and perseverance. I may be the giver of many inspirational words, but if I don’t work to get those messages out to others, it is all a great loss of energy.

“Be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of the world.”

– Paul Harding (1946) English author

I feel the ache in my heart every day, all the time, moment by moment. This ache keeps me alive and keeps me focused. I know what I must do, who I must be, and what I must give to others every day. The days of an easy life are over. I must do all I can with all my power to help guide others each day. Yes, it’s a bit of work, hard at times, but the rewards of service are immeasurable.

Do you have an ache in your heart? Take a minute and say to yourself “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” “What service am I to be giving to others daily?” The ache won’t go away, but you’ll find the purpose, direction, and guidance to turn that ache into leadership and strength for others.

Homework for all my readers:  Go to someone today and say, “What may I do for you today to help you in any way?” Then hang on, your life with change, and so with the person or persons you are guiding.

Thanks for reading,

David Earl Woodbury

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05 2-2-18 The Calamity of Not Dreaming!

No 05 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Calamity of Not Dreaming!

“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.”

– Dr. Benjamin Mays (1894 – 1984)

Even to today, I love to dream. I dream of success with all the trimmings and rewards of achieved goals. All around me are post notes and small notebooks and pieces of paper and notations all over my computers and in every calendar I have. These are dreams, ideas, goals, hopes, aspirations, and hope lists filled with every type of idea I can think, see, feel, read, smell and discover.

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can transform one million realities.”

– Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) American poet

Sometimes in the middle of all my many, many fantasies, one takes hold and becomes a reality. It is glorious and powerful to see an idea, a dream, a thought turn into a benefit for children, a new dance show, a new dance routine, a book, a lecture, or a life-changing experience. Yes, I am lucky that I am awake to hearing ideas and capturing them in my own feeble way, and I’m able to see them turn into powerful realities in my life and the lives of others.

“Most groups have a potential for greatness that never quite takes off. But every so often the right person comes along who can put together a handful of superb people, set an impossible goal, engage them in a holy war, and let them rip.”

– Jennifer Clark Author of Mondo Agnelli: Fiat, Chrysler, and the Power of a Dynasty

This quote is the heart of this written message. I pray, O God, please make me the type of leader to guide out team to greatness and not to disaster. Please give me the wisdom and discernment to be a great leader that others will want to follow and one that will inspire others. I now have a team of superb people and I hope every day to not mess them up. Wisdom, I need wisdom! We have set our impossible goal and now is the time to make the magic happen!

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”

– B.J. Marshall (1951) Australian physician, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology


“At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.”

– Christopher Reeve (1952 – 2004) American Actor


“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

– Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American Physicist

Three great quotes above. First, I am accomplishing a goal every day and am always seeing new visions as I travel down the great highway of life. Second, I know that many of my dreams seem impossible, but after a while I get that feeling deep in my soul that I have to take action, that no matter how hard, I will make my dreams come true. Third, I do live in a fantasy world and that I have not let that gift vanish from my life. Every time I am at the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland, I imagine Walt standing in that empty orange grove in Anaheim with his great dreams. I am amazed what his dreams and fantasies came true and that he never gave up. Walt said that Disneyland would never be finished and it continues to grow, expand and reinvent every year!

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

– Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) American Animator and Film Maker


“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

– Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) German physicist


“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”

– Robert Schuller (1926) American Minister, Evangelist

Dream to do the impossible in your life. Remember, many times when you awaken from sleep that your dreams are a map to the future. If you just take a moment upon awakening, you will remember answers to life that you dreamed about. You will remember that you dreamed up a life-changing answer to a problem in your life, or for someone else’s life. Then, let go of fear of messing up. I mess up all the time, but I do succeed a lot as well. We’re all going to make mistakes so we might as well get at it and enjoy the great moments of success! Remember to dream today!

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach (1947) Author, Speaker, Mom and Philanthropist

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

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01 1-5-18 Champions!

No 01 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 5, 2018


“Champions talk success. Champions know that success is inevitable; That there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.” Michael Gelb


“A Champion Team will always beat a team of Champions.” John McGrath


“True Champions are team players.” Alan Cohen


“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” T. Allan Armstrong


Guess what? You are a champion for reading this message. You are a champion because you are feeding your mind, soul, heart, and spirit with positive thoughts and inspirational readings. You are a champion because you take the time to grow and expand your life.


I once thought that being a champion was having great things happening to me every day, conquering all obstacles in my life, and breaking new records. Yes, all those things are true. But a champion is also someone who shows up and does the work, even the mundane work. It’s easy to go from mountain to mountain of success on a daily basis. But the true champion also knows how to do the small tasks well.


It is said to be successful, you should be Visible, be Easy, be Useful and be Ready! I try to do these things daily. I try to be seen, do my tasks with a smile, be ready to offer a helping hand to others, and be prepared for all situations. This is a good formula for life in general.


Do you feel like a champion? Try this, go out and give a nice compliment to someone who is not having a good day. Help someone who cannot pay you back. Cheer up a friend or co-worker. Do a good deed for someone who cannot help themselves. Then, I assure you, you’ll feel like a champion and feel happy inside.


“Keep a Little Song in your Heart!” J. Clair Woodbury


Thanks for reading!


David Earl Woodbury

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No 52 12-29-17 Happy New Year!

No 52 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year 2018!

“To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself, it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline – training – is about.”

– James Clavell, in his novel Shogun (1924 – 1994)


British novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

– James Allen (1864 – 1912)

British philosophical writer


“Do not falter or shrink; But just think out your work, and just work out your think.”

– Nixon Waterman (1859 – 1944)

newspaper writer, poet and Chautauqua lecturer


Yes, our thoughts are a huge part of our lives. Imagine if we could only control what we think! What if our self-talk was not so brutal? My self-talk is rough. I scold myself and beat myself up for just minor infractions. Now, I am stopping myself and ceasing the cruel thoughts and I try to think good thoughts to myself. I know we all do this and I know that I become my own thoughts, so they should be good even great ones!

“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.”

– E. Merrill Root (1895 – 1973)

American Writer


Thinking good thoughts for me means that I often must let go. Let go of being “right”. Let go of controlling situations and others. Let go of my acerbic tongue and quick responses. Now, I am waiting for others to speak and listening much more in conversations. Also, letting go of fear of loss and the fear of something bad happening. Now, I find that my situations and life work out without me being nasty, controlling, and too overbearing. I am learning to say “this is working out” and truly letting good things happen in my life.

As a result of this, I do feel more a sense of wonder and magic. I dream more and these dreams come true. Now that I am not trying to control every aspect of my life, but live more in the moment, I am happier and those around me are happier with me!

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”

– Epictetus (55AD – 135AD)

Stoic philosopher


“It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles that come up to try the skill of a man’s hand, the quality of his courage, and the endurance of his faith.”

– Donald Douglas (1892 – 1981)

American, Founder Douglas Aircraft Company, later McDonnell Douglas


“I like a man who attempts the impossible.”

– J.P. Morgan (1837 – 1913)

American financier


Life can be impossible with endless obstacles. Yet, when we attempt the impossible with skill, courage, and faith we succeed in the end. I truly don’t want my life to be easy. Why, because during the rough times, I have learned the most and grown the most in my life. During the “dark nights of the soul” I have met mentors who have remained my guides, friends, and leaders until this day. I know life is going to be rough, so I use the magic of service to focus on the good and the positive.


“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.”

– James Buckham (1844 – 1930)


Canadian lumberman and Liberal politician

“If you smile when you lose, then you win in life.”

– From Tai-Pan, the great adventure novel by James Clavell (1924 – 1994)

British novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war


As I look back on my years, I realize that there is so much I do not know about life and people. I realize that I am learning daily about people, work, faith, family, health, relationships, service, and patience. The list goes on and on. That’s exciting for me. There is a great future. As the above quote says, I smile a lot and that makes me a winner in life.

Go into the new year with a clean slate. Good thoughts, good hopes and dreams, good plans for the future. Let the bad times go and smile and appreciate the good times.

Happy New Year!

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

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No 51 12-22-17 “I Love the Holidays”

No 51 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, December 22, 2017

I Love the Holidays!

We put up our Christmas tree Thanksgiving Day. Sent out our cards the next day. We knew that we would dance almost every day from then to Christmas Eve. Guess what? The days have been glorious. We have danced at many Arthur Murray Balls with hundreds of guest in attendance. We have participated in competitions, shows, graduations, dinners, celebrations and even our staff Marathon Day and staff party.

Our school has just won first place in our division for the international Tournament of Champions. Many months of preparation, many weeks of great lessons, groups, parties and events. We came out first place thanks to our great staff and wonderful students.

As for music, I have listened to hours and hours of Christmas music. I discovered the YouTube Christmas channels and my heart is in a constant state of singing. Music is life to me and these holidays have been full of all the classics, and even some new tunes! My mom, J. Clair, always said “Keep a little song in your heart!”

As for dancing, a lot of people have a very hard time during the holidays. With Arthur Murray I have the privilege of dancing through the entire season. It is an elixir to the blues, depression, loneliness, heartache, and stress. Now for 42 years I have danced through to the year’s end with great joy and happiness. I am the luckiest guy on the planet!

As for presents, Joel and I have a tradition. We serve at Christmas instead of giving presents. That means we are Hospitality Ministers at St. Monica Parish in Santa Monica. This year, because it is Sunday, we have 11 masses on the 24th. We will be serving the 7:30 AM, then return for the 6, 8, and 10 PM masses. It is glorious. We are Team Leaders for two of the four we are serving. We help organize our teams and say “Merry Christmas” hundreds of time to many, many smiling faces. We walk to and from mass and it is a magical experience from beginning to end.

It’s almost that special day of Christmas, and I have been happy the whole season. No time for the blues or feeling down. Just enough time to get to the next event, rest and eat a bit in front of the Christmas tree with Joel and the kitties, and lots and lots of dancing to make the holidays merry and bright. In my “spare” time, I am preparing for 2018 and planning a dream year of success for the upcoming year.

Love the holidays. Volunteer somewhere. Send some unexpected thank you notes. Visit an ill neighbor. Call someone you have not spoken to in a while. Take a friend some food. Reach out and the joy you will receive back will put you over the top.

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

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