No 12 “What is Happiness?” 3-24-17

No 12 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, March 24, 2017

“What is Happiness?”

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”– William H. Sheldon (1898 – 1977)American psychologist and numismatist

“Will and I could hardly wait for the morning to come to get at something that interested us. That’s happiness.”– Orville Wright (1871 – 1948) co-inventor of the airplane

Happiness, we are all looking for it. William H. Sheldon mentioned having wholeheartedness without regret or reservation. The Wright Brothers could not wait to greet happiness every morning. What was this all so easy for them? What are people so unhappy today. We are all carrying around little plastic disks that have more computing power than the first manned mission to the moon. These cell phones do not make us any happier. In fact, we tend to curse them as the beep and vibrate in our hands.

I’ll be honest with you, happiness for me is based on my thoughts and my mental state. I struggle with keeping a positive mental attitude every day. Yesterday I was walking to Career Day at SAMOHI and I was saying, “Count all your blessings and focus on them” and a dear friend walked up beside me and as we continued together, she told me about how she completely beat cancer. The good thoughts flooded over us and through us. Good thoughts attract good energy.

“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

When my negative talk overtakes my mind, I say my daily mantra:

I am perfect as I am. Everything in my life is working towards my ultimate good. I am loved and I am love. I have perfect health, wealth, faith, and weight. I am free from fear, anger, depression, resentment and unforgiveness. I walk in light; I live in peace.

Sometimes I have to repeat this many times. Then, I surround myself with the healing waters of light and let the positive healing take over my mind and body. It always works for me.

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”– R.G. Ingersoll (1833 – 1899) American lawyer

“Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action.”– Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)

The lack of passion and commitment keeps me from being happy always. I see so apathy around me, especially in the times we live in. There is little initiative and the spark of life is hard to find in others. It seems as if our salt has lost its savor. I love to meet anyone who is passionate and on fire in their lives. They lift me up and inspire me. They have the imagination and the plan and they are taking action to make it happen.

To finish up this message on happiness, I want to share something from J. Clair, my mom. She always said “Keep a little song in your heart”. Momma would always laugh with me and we just enjoyed being silly having a chuckle together. If growing up means giving up that youthful attitude, I don’t want to group at all.

“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”  – Mencius Chinese philosopher (372-289 B.C.)

“A childlike man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle aged habit and convention.” – Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) English writer

I hope you loved the quotes in this blog!

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

davidearlwoodbury@gmail.com

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Bonus Quotes Just For You!

“There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lie happiness.”

– Gelett Burgess (1866 – 1951) American Author

 

“Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.”

– Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903 – 1998) American pediatrician

 

“Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else.”

– Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) English Novelist

 

“Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most men this comes chiefly through their work.”

– Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) – English Mathematician and Philosopher

 

“I’m not happy, I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.”

– Beverly Sills (1929 – 2007) American Opera Singer

 

“I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends and a wife and children to share life’s beauty with you.” – J. Kenfield Morley (1838 – 1923) a British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor

 

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” – William H. Sheldon (1898 – 1977) American psychologist and numismatist

 

“I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends and a wife and children to share life’s beauty with you.” – J. Kenfield Morley (1838 – 1923) a British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor

 

No 11 “That is why I succeed” 3-17-17

No 11 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, March 17, 2017

“That is why I succeed”

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan (1963) American Basketball Star

It has been reported that this quote from Thomas Edison was in response to a New York Times Reporter’s question: “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

In life, we all want to hit home runs, but fear keeps us from achieving our goals. To hit over the fences, we must be willing to strike out.  Consider Babe Ruth. In 1923, he broke the record for most home runs in a season and also broke the record for the highest batting average.  Imagine this, also in 1923, Babe Ruth struck out more times than any other player in Major League Baseball.

Babe Ruth was fearless and not afraid to strike out. He held world records for 60 home runs in a season then a lifetime home run total of 714 for 39 years. Get this, for 29 years he held a career record of 1,330 strike outs! What his amazing career proved is that you cannot have home runs without strikeouts.

Do you feel as if you are failing? Are you blue and feeling like life is not working? May I suggest that you compare your “strike outs” to your “home runs”. Sit down and write down your success for the week, the month, or your life to now. List how you have made a difference in some else’s life. Perhaps you helped someone in a special way. Perhaps you were a good ear to someone who was sad. List the good things you did and meditate on these things and give thanks for the opportunity to help and serve others.

Today’s world is so quick to call someone a failure, so slow to give someone praise. The opera star who is an overnight sensation after 20 years of work, the Carnegie Hall solo recitalist who is suddenly a new star after a lifetime of practice. The World Series Champions and Super Bowl winners who have spent season after season practicing to be the best. The reward will come. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Keep on keeping on and you’ll be in the winner’s circle before you know it.

Mr. Jacques DeBeve sent me this today:

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Sing like nobody’s listening.

Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

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No 9 “What to give up for Lent?” 3-3-17

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No 9 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, March 3, 2017

“What to give up for Lent”

It’s the 3rd day of Lent. Ash Wednesday has passed and until this past Wednesday, I did now know what I was going to give up. Late night eating (like that’s going to happen). Getting up early every day (nope). No Netflix at night (never). I was lost as what to do and what I would stick with for over 48 hours.

Then, I awoke to this. Give up worry. Being in the present moment and being thankful for that moment. Not worrying about rent, payroll, bills, obligations, duties, responsibilities, but being in the present moment and thankful for what I had a that moment.

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Awakening and thinking, I’m in a safe place. I awoke! I’m warm. I have food to prepare. I have a day full of opportunity and achievement ahead of me. Then, going throughout the day saying, I have a great life. I have a life doing what I love. What’s to worry about?

The truth to all is that I’m a horrible worrier. It actually makes me ill at times. I just can’t seem to help it. It kills my joy and bothers my health. I worry so much that it has become a comfort zone for me and has tarnished the view of my splendid life.

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Then, I realized when I’m not worried. When I’m serving others in a leadership role. When I’m motivating others. When I’m asked to do a hard task that enriches the lives of others.

Then the truest time when I’m my happiest with NO worry. When I’m speaking and dancing in front of people. Ask me to speak in front of a large crowd and I immediately say yes, when, where, what and how.  When I’m dancing, especially performing, I LOVE it. I feel young, healthy, happy, and care free. No matter how big the audience, I’m just at my best. I look in the eyes of the audience and I just dance my little heart out for them. I’m free.

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So to all my friends who are also worry warts, start dancing! Perform a routine. Compete in a competition. While you are dancing, training, and then performing, you’ll be working hard, but you will not be in a worried state. I’d rather be looking forward to dancing a show than bored and full of distress.  Go ahead, put yourself out there and learn the freedom that comes from dancing. Thank you Arthur Murray for a lifetime of fun and freedom. I love my life!

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Oh, by the way, I’m still going to give up worry for the next 36 days! How about you?

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!