No 41 10-13-17 Do What You Can Where You Are and With What You’ve Got!

No 41 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, October 13, 2017

“Do what you can where you are with what you’ve got.”

– Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) 26th President of the United States

Do you ever wish things were different in your life? Sometimes I do. I wish that things were moving along faster, more prosperity, easier hours, and just more luck every day. Guess what I find out? Daily, I have to do what I can, where I am, with what I have and who I am. It’s not glamorous or easy, but the truth is that we are exactly where we are doing what we should do and using what we have. Perhaps the greatest victories in life are the little mundane things of daily life.

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) British Prime Minister

Yes, I do thing great thoughts, much of the time. I don’t always see the immediate results that I desire, but I do believe in the heroic! My favorite hero is Siegfried, son of the Volsung twins, Sigmund and Sieglinde, children of the god of Valhalla, Wotan, and the earth goddess Erda, a mortal. Siegfried was conceived to save the gods and save the world. He knew no fear and was only protected from the front of his body by Brunhilda’s magic. She knew he would never turn his back on the enemy.

I think of how fearless he was, although naïve and reckless in his actions, he never backed down and never showed fear. In fact, the first time he did experience a moment of fear was the first moment he saw a woman, Brunhilda, and for a brief moment, he tasted fear. He overcame this by kissing her an awakening her from the spell of a deep sleep.

Yes, I do believe in heroes. When my father, Troy D. Woodbury, passed away, next to his bedside was a marble base with a brass plate on it that read, “You are my life’s hero”. He had that by him until the night the angels took him home to mom. I think that in my life, my dad was my true hero. Was he perfect? No heroes are perfect, but he was my life’s hero and I becoming more and more like him daily.

“My parents taught me that I could do anything I wanted and I have always believed it to be true. Add a clear idea of what inspires you, dedicate your energies to its pursuit and there is no knowing what you can achieve, particularly if others are inspired by your dream and offer their help. (from his book ‘Close to the Wind’. Goss successfully sailed around the world – alone.)”

– Pete Goss (1961) British Sailor and Entrepreneur

I don’t think my parent’s every told me I could not achieve my dreams. They were happy I found Arthur Murray Dance Centers and got my life on a good pathway.

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”

– Lord Byron (1788-1824) English Poet

My mom, J. Clair Ford Woodbury, always said to me “Keep a little song in your heart”. I have and continue to do this daily. My mom liked to laugh, and she found a lot of joy in the simple things in life. We could just sit together and tell stories and laugh until we had tears in our eyes. No wonder daddy loved her so much!

“Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.”

– Roger Bannister, in 1952 after breaking the four-minute mile (1929)

English former middle-distance athlete, physician and academic

I had a dancing student from England who once dated Roger Bannister. During those years while teaching Kim, I was an avid marathon runner. Kim said that when Mr. Bannister crossed the finish line and broke the record, he could not believe it. He did not die from it and he was surprised that he accomplished this goal. He truly took it in stride at the time, but soon realized that he had made history. He did what he could, where he was, with what he had. He made the impossible possible.

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

davidearlwoodbury@gmail.com

What I must do is all that concerns me 5-6-16

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No 19 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, May 6, 2016

“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist

“To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?”- Katharine Graham (1917 – 2001) American, Chairman of Washington Post

Do what you love in your life. Do not worry about what others think about you. What will horrify you is that as you enter your world of success and freedom, there will be people who will want to stop you. They will tell you that you can’t do your dream. They are dream killers. Then, they will oppose you and try to sabotage your efforts and pull you down. Usually, these are very sad people who cannot stand someone else pulling ahead of the crowd.

“He who every morning plans out the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) French Writer

The good news is that you will be so busy pursuing your dream that you will not notice the Dream Killers. You are always thinking some great thought and taking great actions to fulfill your destiny. You will always be thinking of ways to succeed and to be a success.  You know that failure is not an option, and you’ll move forward without fear. Your busy life of Dream Making will shield you from the naysayers!

In two weeks, I’m experiencing the most difficult event I have ever produced. Those closest to me have tried to stop me, told me I could not do it, and that I was “not in the right timing” for the event.  As they have been trying to pull me down, I have been watching the dream take form and now, take wings as it becomes a reality. Yes, sometimes their negativity hurts me, and perplexes me, but before I have the time to have a pity party, I have too much to do to make the dream happen.

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

For a while, I hated the years of struggle. I resented that I was not having an “easy” life. I wondered why me and why am I just not at Starbucks at the beach, retired and relaxing.  Then, I realized that that life would kill me, and that I would quit growing in my life. The biggest change was when I realized that I would not continue to learn about service, and living a life of service to others. I quickly changed my tune and began to focus on the goal and the rewards from service.

“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.” – William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English Essayist

The best benefit of doing what I love is this. I have met others who love what they do as well. I know people who walk in darkness that overtakes them and they have no control of that darkness. On the other hand, I am surrounded daily by those who give, who walk in light, who find joy in giving to others, and they are living a full life of service. Do they have normal problems, yes! But they look to the purpose of their lives and let that purpose guide and direct them.

Now, I am surrounded by the most amazing people to serve, give, organize, plan, help, and inspire. They are my peeps. They are my closest friends. “Surround yourself with people you want to become like”. For in your life, you will become exactly like those who are around you.

“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.” – William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English Essayist

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

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