What a man can be, he must be 9-30-16

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No 40 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury


Friday, September 30, 2016


“What a man can be, he must be.” – Abraham Maslow


“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.”

– Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) American Psychologist


As a ballroom dancer for 41 years and with Arthur Murray for 41 years, I have loved being the best I can be every day. Arthur Murray has given me to opportunity in every area to excel, grow, and achieve great things in my life. What I can be I have and continue to achieve with Arthur Murray.


“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) American Writer


When I first started with Arthur Murray I was a student enrolled on my Bronze Program. Then, I my love of dancing overtook me and I went on to teach full time.  In the beginning I thought I would stay a year or so. After that first year, I then said, OK, 5 years max. Well, at the end of the 5 years I took my judges exam and began traveling as a dance judge and I was competing as a professional dancer.


Now after so many years, I realize that my love of dancing, my love of meeting people, and my love of giving service to others kept me dancing. Arthur Murray has a training program called All Stars. It is the most amazing training program in the world and its focus in giving excellent service. Every day I feel that I learn something new when I step into the school. Thank you All Stars!


“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”- Charlotte Bronte


Have the years all been easy? We all know that life has challenges, and that we will always have adversities. Yet, the sweet victory of overcoming hard times makes the springtime of our lives so much more exciting!


“Originality and the feeling of one’s own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881) Russian Novelist


“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above the little things.'” – John Burroughs (1837 – 1921) American Naturalist and Writer


Every time I seem to approach a difficult time in my life, I now think, “Time will pass and as the sun rises, there will be a new day dawning”. The dread of having a rough patch ahead of me is not so powerful as I know that I will make it to see another day and that “it will get better.”  It’s funny, the day after what seemed to be a terrible struggle, I realized that it was not as bad as I feared, and that I was stronger and wiser.


“There is great power in a resolution that has no reservations in it — a strong, persistent, tenacious purpose — which burns all bridges behind it and which clears all obstacles from its path and arrives at its goal, no matter how long it may take, no matter what the sacrifice or the cost.” – Orison Sweet Marden (1850 – 1924) American Editor and Speaker


This is an amazing quote. “No reservations” “A strong, persistent, tenacious purpose” “No matter what the sacrifice or cost”. I’m there. I’m going all the way. I’ve decided to move forward and make my dreams come true.


“The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.” – Felix Adler


I wanted to be that hero, setting up the light for others. Now, I want to be the light that takes other through the dark night of the soul. Someday you my friend will find yourself in the dark night, or you have gone through it, or you are there now with no end in sight. There will be a light soon for you and that will be delivered by a messenger of light who will see you to the end and see you though.


I love the above quote from Helen Keller. What I love most about Helen Keller, is that she is remembered as an American Writer. I am always humbled, always humbled by who she was and what she accomplished with her life. “Lord, help me to become all that I can become and use all my gifts to lead others to light”.


Thank you for reading!




Keep on Dancing!

Happy Independence Day 7-4-14

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No 27 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

 American Flag and Fireworks

There is in every true person’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which
lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles
up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
— Washington Irving (1783-1859) American Writer

This Independence Day, we have our freedom based on the countless lives that were sacrificed for our American way of life. Our country is the greatest in the world and we have the liberty to live where we want, pursue education and work in any field we want. We can truly live “The American Dream” and build a life based on our hopes and dreams.

Today, I am composing this message sitting in our Dream Room in our beautiful Arthur Murray Dance Center in the heart of Santa Monica, CA. This is our dream come true, our hopes fulfilled, our vision realized. We are given the ability to work, grow, create, serve, and be a part of the great city of Santa Monica. Our dream is that soon, everyone on the West Side of LA will know that Arthur Murray is Back on Broadway!

American Flag and Fireworks
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can
be done if we are always doing – advising his daughter Martha, 1787.
— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

Do we work hard, yes! Are we happy in our work, absolutely! In our work, we have the chance to find ourselves. We realize our own realities, not just for ourselves, but for others as well.

Our greatest happiness in life does not depend on the condition of
life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of good
conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just
pursuits.– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

Perhaps you are not feeling so very free this Independence Day. Or, you station in life is not what you dreamed and your are not living your vision. Happiness will come from knowing that we have hope of the future, the possibility of having good health, and the freedom to do what we want in life.

If you are not living your dream, take a new step forward in a new direction to get your life moving and changing. Ask someone to mentor you, increase your spiritual and meditation life and seek help from a higher power. Read positive articles and books. Exercise more and get your body moving. Seek out a new adventure. Write down your “Dream” goals and then write out all the steps to make that dream happen. Then, TAKE THE FIRST STEP and make it happen

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them
master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
— Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

To this day, when I read a quote from Helen Keller, my heart leaps with joy. Helen Keller truly overcame her deficiencies and let the great mind she possessed come forward and she used the skills she possessed to make a change in the world. How many lives have been blessed reading about her life and the hope and joy she gave to others!

He can do more for others who has done most with himself.
– S.D. Gordon (1859-1936) American Devotional Speaker and Writer

Bob Long, a great Arthur Murray friend, says “I’m all in”. Yes, I am all in as well. I’m 100% an Arthur Murray man. I am thankful for my home, my life, my career, my friends and those who love me. Yes, this is a great Independence Day for me and for Arthur Murray Santa Monica!

“God Bless America, my home sweet home.”

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: How to be strong of heart and strong in dancing!