No 24 “If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”

No 24 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, June 16, 2017

“If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.” – David Viscott (1938 – 1996) American psychiatrist

It seems I have begun over and over many times. My life does not seem like the normal life to me. Others seems to have an easier way. They set a goal, find a path, stay on the path and glide down the road that follows success.

“Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein (1954 ) American actor

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu (5BCE – 531 BCE) Chinese philosopher

I’ve had a lot of people define my life and what I have and haven’t done. Others have even tried to guide my life by their definition of what I am doing and what I should be doing. I get “should” on quite a lot sometimes.

I use to believe that I had all the keys to success. Then the locks changed, the keys were no longer effective, and eventually the doors were not even there. I though success was “permanent”. Boy, that is a myth. I found out to my great surprise later in my life, that success is now “service” and must be maintained on a daily basis.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) American Animator and Film Maker

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.” – Betty Smith (1897-1972) German/American Author and Writer

My eyes see life for the first time more and more often now. Many times, I do think I’m doing the impossible. It seems, more and more, I am conquering tasks that in the past I would have never attempted. By the way, on this road of the impossible, I have met the most incredible people I have ever known. These heroes on my service road are the most inspiring friends I have ever met. They encourage me and lift me up. And together, yes, they make doing the impossible fun.

I truly don’t know what the future will bring. I only know that through a life of service am I truly happy and fulfilled. It’s hard to have the blues when you are completely spent from giving from your passions and talents. Live in the moment and plan for a great future, learn from the past. Embrace the impossible and surround yourself with heroes and superstars!

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!



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David Earl Woodbury

No 25 Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Wright Brothers

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that
he can add to what he’s been given.
— Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) Russian Dramatist and Writer

From the new book release, Birdmen, by Lawrence Goldstone, is the story of how the Wright Brothers changed the course of the world and the way we live, work, and travel. Goldstone’s book states that Wilbur, coming from the bicycle trade, “understood almost by instinct that stability, not propulsion or even life, was the crucial element of flight.” The Wright brothers met with failure after failure with insight and an ironclad resolve.

Their success in their first flight led to an aerial stampede of competition. Everyone was gunning for their own success. The first fatal air crash was in 1908, immediately followed by a pilot fatality every 10 days. The race was on.

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our
courage and strength.
— Anonymous

The Wright brothers had a dream, a vision, and a driving will to succeed. Oddly enough, aviation left the Wright brothers behind as they did not innovate and were not able to hold on to the limelight and stay in the public eye.

Today we go through security, take off our shoes and belts, empty our pockets, then pass through screening only to end up in a virtual shopping mall and rush to get our lattes at Starbucks. We do not know of the first exuberance of flying, or the glory days of having your roast beef sliced for you from the cart while wearing your best suit of clothes.

Today, our experience of flying is more of a necessity than a thrill, with long lines and cancelled flights and lost luggage.  Yet, it all began with a dream, a hope of doing the impossible, and seeing it through to reality. (I still think flying is a miracle and I love to watch the huge jets take off and land at LAX)

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes
men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think
is what makes men martyrs or reformers — or both.
— Elizabeth Charles (1828-96) British Writer

What is our dream, what seems impossible to us today? What can we make happen to change the world with our words and are we the new poets and reformers? I like to think that I am one of the reformers, one of the dreamers. The zeal to succeed courses through my veins, sometimes feeling like a fire in my soul.  My dreams are so real I can touch, feel, and taste them. They are so real to me that I often miss when a vision truly turns into a reality.

Reading of the Wright brothers makes me feel more “normal”. I don’t feel as if I am too passionate or driven by my visions, goals, hopes and dreams. At 58, I feel I must make each moment count and release all the creativity that is inside of me now, and continue forward to making a way not just for myself, but for opening doors for others.

Next Friday is July 4th. Let’s give thanks for our nation, our freedom, and remember that during the war years, Swing was King and dancing helped keep our spirits up. Next week, we salute Independence Day!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Happy Independence Day! July 4th!