“Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.” 6-24-16

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No 26 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, June 24, 2016

“Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.”

– Henry J. Kaiser (1882 – 1967) American Industrialist

Oh boy, I hate trouble. The famous words “I need to talk to you” strikes fear in my heart quicker than a 4.0 on the Richter Scale. The words pour out of my mind “What now?” and then I hand on. Relying on my best behavior, I bravely move forward to see what needs to be done. Then, usually I find that only a minor adjustment needed to be made and that I learned something in the process. The problem was an opportunity in hiding!

“…the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last.”

– Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist

Perhaps we just need to push forward and always hope for the best. Any dancer will tell you that they have split a zipper, broken a shoe, or ripped a costume just minutes before taking the floor. Sometimes those things happen on the floor. Once, in my white spandex girdle stages, I was dancing a Paso Doble. I was in a skin tight black jumpsuit and we leaped up into the air, and as we landed, my black suit ripped all the way up the side to reveal a Maiden Form white girdle, holding in all my bits. In the glorious spirit of “The Show Must Go On”, I just kept dancing and we even received a Gold award. Perhaps from the notoriety and not the dancing itself!

So, how to avoid trouble. I love to serve. To donate time and effort to great causes. You’d think it would be an easy go since you’re trying to help others, but no! Volunteering may be full of tough times and rough decisions.

‘I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the one among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.’

Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, –  Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. 

No matter all the troubles, there is more joy in serving than just receiving. Being in the leadership role guiding others is full of wonderful opportunities and a wealth of blessings. You are surrounded by other leaders and others who love to serve as well. When all put ourselves together as the mastermind, troubles do not take a hold of us and answers are fast and may be found through perseverance and determination.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

– Mark Twain (b: Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910) American Author and Humorist

Do you have any “Dream Maker” friends? I do, lots of them. They are exceptional people. They listen, guide, support, and fuel your enthusiasm to achieve your dreams and goals. I’m a dreamer and believe in helping others achieve their dreams. Yes, and there are the stinkey winkey people who are scared of their own shadow who will try to pull you down and kill your dream, but try this. Don’t lash out at them, help them to find their own dream and see it come to pass. Non dreamers learn to believe when they see us talking of our own dreams, and then seeing us live our words and live in our dreams.

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

– Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893) American Bishop

Every great moment, it is usually the small action from a quick decision that changes history. Develop your character during the big moments, and then realize it in the small actions.

Keep On Dancing!

David Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com (email me if you like my blogs!)

A Cure for Worry 6-17-16

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No 25 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Cure for Worry

“As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.”

– Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) American Inventor

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Ever awaken in a funk, a cloud, a depression, a panic, or in a state of confusion? Every morning, when consciousness fills my mind, I began to fill my mind, heart, and soul with light. I do a cleaning of my heart, my mind and my spirit. Then, just before any worries can take over, I get up and get on with my day! With a home, husband, two cats, and a business, there is no lack of work to do from the moment I awaken. I’m the cook, so when I arise, there is bacon to cook, French Press coffee to make, cats to poop and feed, and then a full breakfast to finish, serve and clean up, as well as preparing lunch. There is never sadness, just joy in the work and the process of outwitting worry!

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“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”

– Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

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Again, Helen Keller’s quote touches me to the soul. She was blind, deaf, and mute, and she is constantly searching for that special something she can do. Well for me, she always changes my life when I read about her. I’m constantly inspired that she did not let what life handed to her keep her from life’s mission for her. She did not live in despair, she lived in service and in hope.

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“He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.”

– Epictetus (55-135 AD) Greek Philosopher

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“Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.”

– Brendan Francis [Behan] (1923-1964) Irish Author

I thought at 60 I’d be free from worry. In a place in my life where I could kick back and just relax. No, that is not for me. I’m destined for greatness and to live to inspire others and to serve others and to give back to others in order to change their lives in some way. No, that’s not going to happen sitting on the sofa (although I do have some good ideas in my easy chair with a cat on my lap and coffee in hand!)

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Will there be a day I’m not going to have fears? That day will come at the end, but for today, instead of fears-hopes, instead of doubts-dreams, instead of failure-opportunities. I’m happiest when serving and helping others and I must know that will be enough in the big picture.

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“What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

– Johann von Goethe (1749 – 1832) German Poet and Dramatist

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For now, I will dream, and dream big. I’ll walk in faith and hope and then walk in the visualized dream, then begin again. You can’t take my dreams away from me. I dream of helping 100’s of kids learn to dance and learn how to respect one another, take instruction, learn how to work hard, how to treat one another, how to respect authority, and how to know that trying is not always winning. Perseverance is the key and sometimes trying over and over is the path to greatness. Ballroom dancing is a great way to grow up and learn all about life and how to live peacefully with others, especially if you are in a 6 couple final in smooth or rhythm!

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave – speech to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775.”

– Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American Lawyer, Patriot

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May I ask this of you today…don’t give up.  It will get better, yes, it will, and you’ll make it.

I love you and I believe in you today!

Keep On Dancing!

David Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com (email me if you like my blogs!)

Share the Love 6-10-16

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No 24 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, June 10, 2016

Share the Love

“When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.”

– Samuel Goldwyn (1879 – 1974) Film Producer

In ballroom dancing, on comment I dreaded to hear at the end of a performance was, “David, you looked so great”. I knew that I had failed, for I wanted to present my partner, and to be the frame and she be my picture. I should have been the vase and she the flowers.  A great man always presents his lady and tries to present her in the best spotlight.

I always wanted the applause to be for my partner and not for myself.  My favorite performances of all time were the ones where I could not take my eyes of the lady dancer, no matter how great the man was. I always knew that he was presenting her and the greatness of his skill to do this.

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

– Beverly Sills (1929 – 2007) American Opera Singer

At some point in life, we have everything we need. Money, food, shelter, possessions, position. Then we begin to feel a lack in our lives, an emptiness so to speak. Well, I have figured out how to get rid of that emptiness, give praise to others and thank others. This had been a wonderful “medicine of joy” in my life and I get much more happiness from applauding and recognizing the efforts of others than receive accolades for myself.

Beverly Sills was America’s songbird and star of the New York City Opera. She became General Manager of Lincoln Center and was an amazing fund raiser for the arts. Sills had a special needs daughter and she was an amazing mother and consummate professional. She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera and was billed as an overnight success, after she had been singing just across the plaza for over 20 years as a mega opera star.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”

– Colin Powell (1937) American Military Leader and Diplomat

Every day I prepare for success. I am constantly striving to be better and succeed. What I now know is that success, to me, means how my gifts are shown through others that I have trained. There is no “personal success”. Achievement is usually a place we have arrived standing on the shoulders of those who have carried, trained, and guided us to greatness.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

– Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) American Writer

What amazes me again about this quote is that it is from the amazing Helen Keller. She speaks of optimism, faith, achievement, hope and confidence. I have to remember that she was blind, deaf, and unable to speak. Yet Helen Keller became one of the great figures of history. What if she had never tried? What if someone with a vision had not helped and guided her through faith until her enlightenment came? She did persevere and her inner eyes were opened, her spirit began to hear, and she was able to speak in unique ways that changed millions of lives.

Don’t give up. It will get better!

Keep On Dancing,

David Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com (email me if you like my blogs!)