No 24 – 6-15-18 “Run the Great Risk”

“I run great risk of failing. It may be that I shall encounter ruin where I look for reputation and a career of honor. The chances are perhaps more in favor of ruin than of success. But, whatever may be the chances, I shall go on as long as any means of carrying on the fight are at my disposal.”

– Anthony Trollope (1815 – 1882) English Novelist

Wow, this is my daily life! I generally feel on the edge most moments of every day. I too look for a good reputation and a career of honor. There is much risk in this type of life. I do go on as long as I have any means of carrying on the fight.

The great thing about living the life of great risk is that you get stronger every day. A risk turns into a decision from past experience. Fear turns into determination. Confusion disappears and is replaced with knowledge and confidence. The truth of living your best life is that it gets better.

The best part of living carrying on the fight at all costs is that you become a leader for others who want to take great risks as well and achieve great goals. You become the mentor and you go from strength to the next. This does not mean that you don’t have failure and obstacles, it means you see your challenges as learning experiences.

“The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.”

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

This says it all. Be willing to work hard and stick to it with common sense. Where does common sense come from? Taking chances in life and learning from past mistakes. Here is where it is good to have wonderful mentors to guide and coach you. Just realize that everyone who has achieved greatness in their lives has failed many, many times, and they have also succeeded a great number of times.

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

– J.B. Priestley (1894 – 1984) English Author

What do you do after a failure? You get up and dust yourself off and move on with a fresh day. You see a fresh start. You learn from what just happened to you and then you forge a new path, set a new goal, and move forward with all your heart. After receiving a new shoulder from UCLA in 2010, I found out that my nemesis would always be shoulder freeze. If I did not keep my shoulder flexible, it would freeze up and I would lose the range of motion and much of the use of my left arm. As eight years have past, I realized that I must keep my life moving to avoid “life freeze”. If I don’t move forward, I will just stop still in my tracks and stop living.

I’d be more fearful in my life, but I’m too busy achieving great things in my life. I’d be more tired, but I don’t have time for the fatigue. I’d have doubt, but I’m surrounded by great leaders and mentors who are always guiding me to greatness. I’d be failing more, but my passion for service overtakes my life and I only see opportunity ahead. Yes, “I shall go on as long as any means of carrying on the fight are at my disposal.”

Thanks for reading to all my lovely readers!

David Earl Woodbury

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No 23 6-8-18 “Learn to be Brave and Patient”

“…we could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”

– Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) American Writer

First, with this quote, Helen Keller is listed as an American Writer. She is not listed as someone who was deaf and blind her entire life. She is not listed as having any physical challenges. Helen Keller is always an inspiration to me and her light always shines out to me.

When I get down, I think that Helen Keller graduated from university and she became a lecturer. She was a speaker, writer and she inspired millions to greatness during her life and even until now. I am grateful that I have all my faculties knowing that she did so much in her life with obstacles that would have stopped most people.

When she learned how to communicate, her life blossomed and she found the inspiration inside of her. She did not always have joy in her life, and yet she learned the lessons of bravery and patience.

Sometimes I still fall into the abyss of my self-pity and I am ashamed. With all the many blessings given to me, how can I possible not be up and happy and thankful all the time. Well, the truth is that I’m not always full of joy, or bravery or patience. Sometimes I think I’m not going to be able to make it, or I am running out of steam.

During rough times, I think of all the heroes in my life and how they overcame the challenges that life threw at them, and they persevered, and they realized their dreams. Now, as I strive for huge dreams I am learning not to give up.

I thought that I’d never have kids, ever. Now I have a big staff of young people who are all very talented, fun, motivated. They need me to be brave and patient with them every day and they need guidance. I think every day, they will not always remember what I said to them, but they will always remember how I made them feel. Most employees today need to feel needed and especially appreciated. I want them to love their jobs and look forward to always coming to their workplace.

Because every day is not just full of joy, when the precious days of happiness, light, and fulfillment do come, I am truly grateful and very, very thankful. On my good days I say over and over, I’m having a great day and I feel good. I never take the good times for granted for I know that a champion is someone who can do the mundane over and over with focus and purpose. I know that the amazing days do come, but they are paved with many days of just doing what is needed with a good and happy heart.

Thanks for reading brave and patient readers!

David Earl Woodbury

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