No 7 “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” 2-17-17

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No 7 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 17, 2017

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey (1895 – 1983) American professional boxer

Sometimes in my life, I just can’t seem to get up, but I do. After dancing 41+ years, having run 19 marathons, having taught many, many dance lessons, my legs get tired. I’m the last one to leave a movie. Just don’t want anyone to see me get up. For the other side, I can still teach all day, dance a full dance party at Arthur Murray Santa Monica at night, and also perform in the show with energy to burn. I feel on fire, alive, and ready to conquer the world with dance!

There have been times that after surgery, I’m up that very day walking. After back surgery, they were rolling me down the hall with I.V. in toe, and I taught one of the nurses Waltz and danced with her in the hallway. It was amazing, astounding, and fun. The dancing just took hold of me and off I went dancing at the hospital.

After having my shoulder rebuilt, I came back to choreograph a professional staff Quickstep formation, that I danced in, and tapped, skipped, jumped and chassed with all the 20-year old’s with my arm in a sling. By the time of the performance, I danced with my arm held high without any aid, and Quickstepped my little heart out.

After my Mom’s death, I remember dancing in a competition that following weekend. I had many entries with a lot of wonderful students. There I was, dancing, laughing, competing, and performing, even though my heart was aching. I went on and know that my Mom would have wanted that from me. I did what I knew I had to do and I did it with all my heart.

The hardest time was just after losing my partner, who died in my arms at home. I thought I could not go on. I remember putting together the funeral, calling the caterer for the reception, handling all the calls and scheduling the service for everyone. I had to get up. I had to move forward. I had to take care of others. I could not get up, but I did. I continue to get up today because I know I can, I must, and I shall get up.

Am I a champion? I don’t really know. But I know that my dad, Troy Woodbury, was a true champion. He lived to help others. He was selfless and lived a life guiding others every day. I am surrounded by champions. Joel Rieck is a true champion. He is always there in a giving and uplifting way and always takes the best path in life. I am surrounded by real champions and I am blessed to know them all and to be able to call them friends, family, and mentors.

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“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

Yes, there is still a bit of heartache going on, but I know the champion’s way and the life of a champion. We are knocked down, but we get up over and over.

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – W. Clement Stone (1902 – 2002) Businessman, Philanthropist and New Thought self-help book author

This is what I conceive in my life. I am not afraid of the future. In fact, I’m interested in what the future will bring and how I will live in that future. Now, I just want to give encouragement to others and to help others grow. This does not always make one popular, but it makes one true. Helping others means you are a coach and sometimes have to use tough love. In the end, I think that to help others become the champions they are meant to be is my soul calling in my life.

Think you can’t get up. You can, you must, you will. You will get up over and over. You will then find that others around you watch you rise up over and over and they will begin to rise with you. Then you will stand with a group of champions and stand strong, together, united. Don’t give up. It will get better!

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Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

No 6 2-10-17 “I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it”

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No 6 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 10, 2017

“I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it.” – Pete Egoscue (1945) Founder of Physical Therapy Method The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion

I am always comparing myself to others. Where they are in their lives. How much money are they making, the car they drive, the home they live in. The amount of time they have off, where they travel, and on and on. Sometimes I think, “Only if…”

Then I awaken and see that I have a wonderful, perfect life and that I am fully blessed in every area of my life. That comparison demon is cruel. It makes me think my life is tough, when it truly is worthy every step of the way.

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No one will admit to this sin of mine, but I’ll be honest with you. I get sad and depressed sometimes when I think of how hard the road is. Then, I think of all the things I can do that few others can do. I think of the wonderful gifts that I have been given and the sheer bravery that runs in my blood to try the impossible, daily!

“I like a man who attempts the impossible.” – J.P. Morgan

If you asked me at the last second to speak to a group of 800 people, the first words out of my mouth would be “On what subject?” I then would proudly stand in front of the crowd and tell a story of my dad, who’s inspiration and life has given me the ability to speak to others.  I then would welcome everyone and let the electricity of life that I always feel at those times, run through my mouth, body and soul until the allotted time for speaking had passed, then I would simply say thank you and tell my audience that I love them.

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This is the same for dancing in front of a group of spectators. The power of life just runs in my veins. I must remember that this is a gift perhaps there is someone out there wishing they had this gift. You just can’t be envious of others.

“Dedication is simply reminding yourself what you want. Then paying the price to get it. Every day.” – John F. Groom Attitude Media Publisher and Entrepreneur

With the dogged determination that I received from my mom and dad, I also have the willingness to pay the price for what I want. Also, there is the realization that good things come in the right times, and that opportunity truly does meet preparation. I always feel that I’m getting ready for “the big moment” in my life, and then I awaken to realize that every day is that “big moment” for 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

After the Northridge Earthquake hit Los Angeles, I vowed to not worry ever again about the things I cannot control.  My house was earthquake “ransacked” in just a matter of seconds and the aftermath was surreal.  I have given up on dread of the unknown, and have turned my efforts to the things I can control in my life with my actions and my will. Don’t give up. It is worth it!

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Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

No 5 – A solitary fantasy can transform one million realities 2-3-17

 

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No 5 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 3, 2017

A solitary fantasy can transform one million realities – Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) American poet

Do you love to dance? I do. I love to dance in front of hundreds of cheering spectators and I love to perform and especially to excite a crowd through my dancing. It is one of my safe times and places. Dancing in front of any group of people is one of the times in my life where I am most calm and relaxed. No one can hurt or bother or intimidate me. I am dancing to give my heart and soul to all those watching and I am living the dance through and with my partner. It is one of my happy places in life. (Also speaking in front of huge groups excites and electrifies me!)

I am told that what I love is not normal. Most people are afraid of public speaking and dancing in front of a huge group of people. The reason I have heard of most is just plain fear. Fear of failure and of looking bad. I’m not afraid of failure. I’m so busy doing so many things that I always have a little bit of a mess up on something! Here are some great quotes on failing.

“I’ve seen extreme bravery from the least likely of people. Life is about the moments when it’s all gone wrong. That’s when we define ourselves.” – Bear Grylls (1974) star of Man vs. Wild TV show

“In Silicon Valley, failure is experience. Now, if you fail at everything, that’s different. But a failure is a mark of experience more than anything.” – Vint Cerf, One of the Key Creators of the Internet

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else.” – John Burroughs (1837 – 1921) American naturalist

“Students gain lasting self-confidence not by being protected from failure but by learning they can survive it.” – Tony Wagner, teacher and author

“A man who makes no mistakes makes nothing.”- Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Saying someone’s name wrong. Making the wrong decision. Going the wrong way. Missing a dance step. Speaking out and regretting it.

Or just plain doing something stupid. It’s going to happen. But if you are trying with all your might to make a difference in life, and living to help others, you’ll do many, many more things wright than wrong in your life.  Let go of fear and don’t worry so much about what others are thinking. Guess what? They are just as concerned that you are judging them as you think they are judging you.  Kind of funny in a way!

I’ll leave you with this great quote and don’t die without fulfilling your dreams!

It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.” – Dr. Benjamin Mays (1894 – 1984) American humanitarian

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!