“It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.”― Aesop 5-29-15

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No 22. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, May 29, 2015

“It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.”― Aesop

At almost 59, I’m fearless…almost. I love to speak publicly and dance in front of huge crowds. I love fund raising and helping to support great causes. I’m never afraid of giving a handshake to anyone and meeting and greeting anyone anywhere at any time.

I’m not even afraid of making a fool out of myself or saying someone’s name wrong (oh how I hate when I do that though!).

You have to remember that the hard days are what make you strong. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment! –Unknown.

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What makes us brave? What makes us fearless? That’s hard to say, but I bet that living through the hard days is part of life’s training. I only have a few good days in my life. Don’t get me wrong, every day is a blessing, well, not always. Sometimes days are hard. Things go wrong. Someone irritates you silly. You fail. Everything goes wrong. Those whom you trust let you down.

But, on my good days that are rare, I awaken and I know that it’s going to be a perfect day. I feel good from the start. Everything goes smoothly and I find that all day I’m saying “I’m having a good day”. I say it over and over and I love those special days. Don’t know when they are going to be, but because I’m aware of them, I love and appreciate them. I love these days and I think about them for weeks and weeks with a heart of gratitude and I’m always on the lookout for another one.

Power is the ability to do good things for others.
— Brooke Astor

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Sometimes I just have to come second. Doing good things for others takes forethought, planning, effort, and usually hard work. I want it to be said about me when I’m gone, “I am happy to serve”. That’s what I want to remembered for. Living a life of service means that you are often the person who has to take care of the bad things. You have to guide, sooth, and motivate others, even when you don’t feel like doing that. You have to lead on the good days and the bad days.

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.– Aeschylus 525-456 BC

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What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a
patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, of
uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard
times bravely and cheerfully.– Charles Victor Cherbuliez (1829-1899) French Novelist
When you are usually the bravest is when you are in the heat of battle. The fight is so hard that you don’t even know that you’re acting with bravery. These battles refine us and make us strong.
The four cornerstones of character on which this nation was built
are:   Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.

— Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973) American Aviator and Business Executive

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I’m always doing something wrong because I’m always doing so much. But you know what? I’m hardly ever depressed. If I want to be depressed, I have to open my Google calendar, find a couple of hours on a Saturday, and really wallow in self pity. That’s hard to do for if I’m sitting down, I usually have a very sweet furry friend jump in my lap and I have some type of life-changing book in my hands with a cup of tea on the side. It’s hard to wallow in self pity when the book you’re reading is going to be your next Webinar and you are going to use the information to change the lives of those around you.

If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never
take any chances.– Julia Sorel 1926-

Let go of watching from a distance and be brave in the battle. You can’t talk someone into dancing, you have to get on the floor with your partner and move to the music to be a great dancer.

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

 

 

 

 

 

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