How to make pressure work in your favor!

No 38 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, September 22, 1956

How to make pressure work in your favor!

Some ideas on making stress work in the positive for you!


Inside Influences

Have a positive optimistic outlook

Have an anchor of faith or spirituality

Always be motivated

Take action – be the proactive person

Always enjoy learning

Go with the flow – be flexible

Adapt with life’s changes

Be a leader socially – be the Go-To person

Show self-confidence and self-esteem


Outside influences

Take every opportunity that comes your way

Use the support of family, friends, and co-workers

Manage the stress and difficulties that you face

Surround yourself with a nurturing, happy environment

Live in an autonomous area

Earn the trust of others and be trusted by others


Do I do all these things? I attempt them all daily. The fact that I have them listed, and I study them, and I try to achieve all of them makes me a winner. Have these goals in front of you and strive to achieve them. Personally, I hate negative stress and what it does to my blood pressure and my heart. Yet, I must, I do, and I will manage the challenges that come to me daily. Owing a dance studio may put you on the mountain top one minute, then into the depths of hell the next when a water pipe breaks over you dance floor! You just learn to adapt and try to not have a stroke or turn into a mean person. The truth is, it will all get better.

I love receiving a bag of lemons. Tea, sauces, fish, steaming, cleaning, salads. So many uses for lemons. When I take a lemon, I let it settle to room temperature. Then I roll the lemon to release the juices. Before cutting it, I zest the whole outside.

Then I cut it open, squeeze all the juice out. I take a grapefruit knife and then cut out all the inside and chop it up and use it in my dish. When I’m finished, all that is left is the white skin and I have completely used up the lemon. I use this analogy, because this is what I want to do with my life. I want to use up every part of me to the service of others and use every drop of ability that I have to influence and guide others.

So, go be a good lemon in your life.  Remember, surround yourself with people you want to become like. Surround yourself with great leaders, mentors, guides, helpers, and with friends who will tell you “NO” when you are wrong. Truly, we become exactly like those around us all the time.

Remember pressure can make you blow up, or cook a great pot roast. Use life’s challenges to empower you and make you stronger!

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!




Week #1 The Waters of Life! 1-7-16


Week #1 No 1 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury,

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Waters of Life!

Each morning I visualize and meditate.  I visualize my that spirit body is sitting in a waterfall flowing from a creek that is about 20 feet wide and the water fall is about 10 feet high. The rocks are smooth and the water flows gently and easily. There is a little crawl space in the back of the waterfall, and the cascading waters forms a clear pool at the bottom.

This is not regular water; it is the water of life. It has light inside that sparkles and it contains energy. You feel healing, power, and cleansing from the water. It has its own life and it comes from a never ending source.

When I first awaken in the morning, I’m being washed in the water. Sometimes I’m even resting behind the waterfall in a small alcove. Recently I have awakened to being in the pool, swimming and safe and resting completely in the healing water.

In the past, as I awoke, I realized that my heart had black shards of glass embedded in it. These chards were fragments of troubles and anger. I would pull them out of my heart and wash my heart in the waters of life. Then, I realized that my mind, my brain, had negative thoughts. I would take my brain and give it a soapy washing. The soap had light and life in it as well (hopefully a dream in the future will tell me what the soap is made of).

Now, when I awaken, a new heart is waiting for me (Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51.10 KJV) and I have a new fresh and clean mind waiting for me. Upon awakening, I’m usually sitting under the waters and I’m free from the heartaches of life and the dread of the day. I’m safe and at peace.  My eyes then open and immediately I then have a new mind and a fresh heart to start the day.

This experience has been coming to me for over 14 years now. It is only now that my morning “dream” is clear to me and I am now able to capture the dream before it vanishes. Now, the meditation is a part of my life, my day, my thinking.

Each day begins with a fresh start, a fresh heart, and a mind free from worry. Trust me, the reality of life is there waiting for my conscious state of mind, but it does not get the best of me first thing in the morning.

During rough times, I just remain in the pool of the life water and wait until I am healed before awakening and coming to the surface. (I can breathe in the waters of life.) Other times, I have awakened away from the waters and I have a thick blanket of light cover me and shielding me.  Sometimes there has been a circle of energy that surrounds me and protects me. It is a cocoon of light and is impenetrable to negative energy.

Much of this is a mystery to me. If you know the answers, please email me. If you think all this is crazy, it is very real to me, and real on a daily basis.

Next blog will be on cleansing my physical body with light. I’ll share with you what

I have found with this light and how I free myself and use the light of life for healing. We’ll even relate this to dancing!

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!













The Sun Rises Again! 11-11-16


No 46 Changing Lives through Dancing

By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Sun Rises Again!

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” – Bernard Williams (1929 – 2003) English moral philosopher

In dancing, we sometimes win and sometimes we lose, but always we gain from the dancing itself and the effort to become better. To be a Quarter Finalist, Semi Finalist, or Finalist all indicate hard work and great effort. To be in the top three is an honor and is a combination of many skills and many hours of effort and training.

“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

After a major dance competition, all the dancers are treated with such honor and dignity. They are all praised, not just for their placement, but for the dancing itself. The top dancers always honor and respect the new couples who compete, for they remember that not too long ago, they were in the same shoes and trying to become champions in their own right. There is not always a first place, but there is always learning to get to the top.

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”– Julie Andrews (1935) English film and stage actress

What an honor to meet a champion. To chat with them. To see a star at the top of their game, or a star from many years in the past. They all have magic. They all have a story, they all had vision and determination.

The following is one of my favorite quotes:


Persistence, by Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are alone omnipotent.

“Press On!” has been and always will be the answer to every human problem.

Pressing on is always the answer. Yes, the sun will rise tomorrow no matter what happened today. But to make a difference, we must not rely on our talent, genius, and education. We must rely on the stick to it attitude that makes us try, and try and try again to become the champions we know we can be.

Let the sun rise again on your life and let determination lead you to your goals.

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

Make Your Own Circumstances 11-4-16


No 45 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 4, 2016

Make Your Own Circumstances

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Irish Playwright


We think, “Oh, they have it so easy in their life. Money, family, opportunity. It was all given to them.” Yes, it may seem that others have it easy and we have it hard, but get this. We have the best in our own lives if we just look up and see all the great things around us.


I’m a blamer and I get jealous of other’s success. I think, “That should have been me”, “I can do that, what didn’t that success come to me?”. The reality is that we are all truly living in our own great success. We have control over our circumstances and we have the ability to make opportunities come our way. We never truly know what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.  The funny thing is this, often the ones we are envying are looking at us and saying, “Wow, they have all the luck” for they see the good in our lives that we are unable visualize.

“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” – James Buckham (1844 – 1930) Canadian lumberman and Liberal politician


Why do our diet and exercise programs fail? Once it gets a bit hard, or requires extra energy, or tests our character, we give in. The temptations are overwhelming and we just do not have the strength to overcome the trials. We just give into our present circumstances and cannot pull up.


Do you know how a world class ballroom dance couple makes it to the top? Is it talent, luck, or is it just given to them? The answer is simple, the best couples have worked the hardest, practices the longest and have earned their ranking through many trials and failures. Their successes are precious and sweet, and they have hearts of gratitude for the glory given to them. They made their own circumstance and created their own opportunity and stayed with it to the top.


“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970) American Football Coach


It’s easy to stay down after being knocked down over and over. Yet, as Vince Lombardi says, coming back is the real glory. I’d like to just get up and stay up, but as Waltz has rise and fall, and Tango is staccato with starts and stops, and Swing has its turns and spins, and Samba has a bounce, blessedly there is the Foxtrot that is smooth and glides across the floor. I wish you, the reader a few Foxtrot days, but also enjoy your Tango days, and keep on coming back!


Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

My 60th Birthday 9-1-16

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No 36 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, September 2, 2016

My 60th Birthday!

Today is September 1st and I’m now 60 years old! I started with Arthur Murray October 15, 1975 and what a wonderful dancing life this has been.

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Arthur Murray has taken me around the world and was and has been my school of life. 41 years of dancing, laughing, performing, teaching and having fun have been the fountain of youth for me.

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Yes, my belt size is bigger, my feet are flatter, my knees sound like creaky doors, and my back goes out, but I have stamina and energy when I’m dancing that rivals 20-year old’s! I simply still love to dance.

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I always wondered what it would be like to be an older dancer. Well, I certainly am a lot more fun to take a lesson with, because I have learned to love and laugh. I listen to my students because I hurt all over just like they do. And when my students make a mistake, rather than being a rough teacher, I laugh and say “What was that!” and we both laugh until we have to hug each other.  A bit of loving laughter seems to go a lot further in instruction than a reprimand!

My personal teachers are all about 20 years older than I am. They are Arthur Murray legends and they are in such great demand today. They dance, teach, coach, own schools, travel and train others. They are constantly surrounded by young dancers and they have the stamina of much, much younger people. They are my dancing examples and I strive to be just like them in my next 20 years. Imagine, at 60, I have a new 20-year plan. Retirement for me will be to coach full time and train others for the rest of my dancing days.

The new fuel for me is now service. As long as I am giving great service to others, I seem to be OK in my life.  Depression is kept away, darkness and sadness seem to fade away when you are always planning some benefit to help others in some great way. When you always have to be at a meeting and you are giving time to serve, you seem to always be happy.  Also, the people who you are working with are usually just the same and they are happy in giving service to others!

When my daddy passed, his funeral was long with the many, many organizations that came to honor him for his service.  Daddy was a part of so many groups that help others that I sat in amazement as “strangers” to me seemed to know him and love him so very much. Guess what, I’m becoming my dad. I love being surrounded with workers and leaders and find life is rich with joy when I’m around these people. I love being a part of many groups who specialize in changing the lives of others.

Leaders are timeless and ageless. They seem to have great health and happiness. They are known and loved by many others. They seek out new ways to serve and give of their time.  They seem to thrive on the art of donating time to worthy causes.  They seldom complain because they are too busy making a phone call or planning on a committee.

Am I happy at turning 60? Well, I think I have a lot more to learn, and I definitely know that I have a lot more to give. I’d be worried, except I have to finish my city-wide Buy Local event next weekend, and I have a major Hospitality Summit at St. Monica’s the next Saturday followed by a wonderful dance competition the next day. November and December are our busiest months, then we have our Dancing with Our Stars Event in January, Seasons of Love Show in February, then the Sand and Sea Ball in early 2017.

I guess if I’m going to have a pity party, I’ll have to find some time and schedule it, for right now, I’m just too busy to worry about unimportant things in my life.

By the way, time to get moving and motivating others. Thanks for letting me share my wonderful 60th birthday with you all!

Keep on Dancing!

David Woodbury

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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.


“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!)


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 (email me if you like my blogs!)

Don’t Have Enough Time? 10-10-14

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No 40 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, October 10, 2014

Don’t have enough time?

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same
number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis
Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas
Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Hi there. I’m late for my blog because I ran out of time! Wow, did I actually say that. Well yes I did! I was busy, I’m too tired, I had too much to do, I’m dancing 7 days a week, I’m preparing for the winter season. Lot’s of reasons for not writing my blog.

Check out this saying: Paddle, paddle – sometime big wave come.– Taro, Japanese surfer

Sometimes that’s how we create, doing a little bit at a time, then the job is done! As for time: “Extra-ordinary Results Come From Extra-Ordinary Effort”. That does not include saying you don’t have enough time. Yes, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. I wish I had 48 hours each day. I wish I did not have to sleep. I would speak perfect French, be on top of my exercise plan, run the top dance center in the country, and be a great success.

Yet, I have many friends who have the same 24 hours who achieve IT ALL in their lives. I watch them, see them on Facebook, chat with them, visit with them and they all seem so normal. They seem to “do it all” in their lives!Well, I’m still moving forward in my 24 hours in a day.

I have enjoyed life a lot more by saying “yes” than by sayings “no”.– Richard Branson

I am asked to do many things and I try to say yes to them all and fit it all in.

Not having enough time takes its toll, yet I show the results of a busy life in my looks:

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people
to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the
roads weren’t paved.– Will Rogers

What’s the answer? I have so much to do that I’m going nuts. Dancing, working, serving, planning, doing stuff all the time. Never can get it all done and what’s the answer?

Here is the answer….I’m going to laugh my way through the rest of my life. I’ll be busy until my last breath. I envision my last moments on this earth hollering “I’m not ready to go, give me just a little more time!” Count on this, I’m going with a song in my heart and laughter in my voice. Laughter is a medicine and I’m needing lots of it.

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if
you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time
with them.– Unknown

I don’t think an Arthur Murray teacher has taught a great lesson until they have had a laugh so loud that the whole studio stops to join in the merriment. You gotta laugh in life and have a little fun. You’ll still be busy. You’ll still never have enough time to do all you important stuff. So smile, laugh and enjoy the journey.

Hey guess what? I had time for my blog.

Love you all,

David Woodbury