No 35 9-1-56 The Formula for Success

 

No 35 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, September 1, 1956

The Formula for Success

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through – then follow through.”

– Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 – 1973) American Aviator and Business Executive

How true is this quote! The art of thinking things through is almost a thing of the past. We are so fast in today’s world. I read that not only are we not using email, we have abandoned texting for live video chats! What happened to the written note? The phone call? Or, get this, the personal visit? To follow through, remember that people like doing business with people they like, and they need to see you and know you to like you!

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”

– George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Irish Playwright

I’ve learned that nothing in my life is hidden. Even the private thoughts that I think seem to surface. It’s like eating garlic, everyone knows you ate it. It comes out your pores! We might as well live as is the whole world is watching every move because all our thoughts turn into some type of actions in our lives. I always vision that I am surrounded by light. Am I a saint, by all means no. But I make a great effort to fill my mind, heart, and soul with light daily.

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”

– Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish Writer

All day long I can talk about being a great Arthur Murray man. I can talk about my walk of faith and my belief in home life. But it is all nothing if my life does not reflect the words I speak. I’m a phony if I am not living up to my words. I heard it said once that our lives are the only scripture that some people will ever read.

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”

– Sophia Loren (1934- ) Italian Actress

Mistakes, I’ve made a few. I may not be the brightest bulb, but I am a lasting bulb and I try to bring light to everyone with whom I come in contact. I guess that’s why I try so hard; I just finally get it right in the end!

“What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? I was practicing for this, I was training for this.”

– Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD) Greek Philosopher

Let’s prepare for success and weather out the storms of life.

Happy Birthday to me today. I’m 61! October 15 is 41 years with Arthur Murray. It has all been a glorious journey for me. What a blessed life I have!

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

davidearlwoodbury@gmail.com

 

 

No 14 Can Dancing Protect Your Brain From Aging?

No 14 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, April 7, 2017

Can Dancing Protect Your Brain From Aging?

Our Arthur Murray Santa Monica student, Diana Ungerleider, brought in an article that said there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands dancing places on the mind and body could make it unusually potent at slowing some of the changes inside our skulls that come with aging. Neuroscientists and those in middle age or beyond know that brains alter as slow as we grow older. Dancing seems to accelerate the processing speed of how rapidly our brains can absorb, assess and respond to new information.

Any dancer who has attended a dance competition with two solos, 20+ Open and 20+ Closed entries, and an All Around Championship will tell you that their brains are buzzing with information. They feel more alive than they have felt in years. I remember my competition years where I had several hundred entries all floating around in my head at the same time, all ready to be danced. As I look back, I remember how happy those times were for me and how free and alive that I felt at the competitions!

“There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, “We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.””- Jim Collins, from his book, Good to Great (1958) American business consultant

Perhaps facing the hard truths through the skill of dancing gives us a sense of direction and we never surrender or give up. Over so many years I have had many students who were racked with illness and they dance through the illness, pain, and depression. They become whole through their dancing and overcome and prevail with joy succeed in their quest to become good dancers.

“As the body needs physical exercise in order to remain in fit condition, man’s spirit also requires the spiritual exercise derived when he confronts his problems and combats life’s vicissitudes.” – William Sahakian and Mabel Lewis Sahakian, describing the philosophy of Epictetus (1922 – 1986)

I spent many years with physical exercise, and now I am in a time of my life practicing spiritual exercise. I once thought that I “had it all together” in my life. I knew the magic of work and collaboration and success. Now, I think that I know very little and I have a world of knowledge to learn all over again. I feel like a novice and a beginner. Thanks goodness for the dancing, for when I’m dancing, I feel young, thin, alive, happy, healthy, fulfilled, at one with life, and full of energy.

“Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement.” – Grover Cleveland

“There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, “We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.”  – Jim Collins, from his book, Good to Great (1958) American business consultant

In my past I think that gave up too early with problems. Now, I only want to be useful to help others reach their high achievements. I’m ready to face the hard truths. I’ll never give up. I’ll prevail to the end and I’ll find a way to make it in life.

Keep on dancing. Get your body moving. Shake off the dust and move on. As Jim Byrd always said “It will get better”, and it does!

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

davidearlwoodbury@gmail.com

Keep on Dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

No 6 2-10-17 “I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it”

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No 6 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 10, 2017

“I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it.” – Pete Egoscue (1945) Founder of Physical Therapy Method The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion

I am always comparing myself to others. Where they are in their lives. How much money are they making, the car they drive, the home they live in. The amount of time they have off, where they travel, and on and on. Sometimes I think, “Only if…”

Then I awaken and see that I have a wonderful, perfect life and that I am fully blessed in every area of my life. That comparison demon is cruel. It makes me think my life is tough, when it truly is worthy every step of the way.

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No one will admit to this sin of mine, but I’ll be honest with you. I get sad and depressed sometimes when I think of how hard the road is. Then, I think of all the things I can do that few others can do. I think of the wonderful gifts that I have been given and the sheer bravery that runs in my blood to try the impossible, daily!

“I like a man who attempts the impossible.” – J.P. Morgan

If you asked me at the last second to speak to a group of 800 people, the first words out of my mouth would be “On what subject?” I then would proudly stand in front of the crowd and tell a story of my dad, who’s inspiration and life has given me the ability to speak to others.  I then would welcome everyone and let the electricity of life that I always feel at those times, run through my mouth, body and soul until the allotted time for speaking had passed, then I would simply say thank you and tell my audience that I love them.

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This is the same for dancing in front of a group of spectators. The power of life just runs in my veins. I must remember that this is a gift perhaps there is someone out there wishing they had this gift. You just can’t be envious of others.

“Dedication is simply reminding yourself what you want. Then paying the price to get it. Every day.” – John F. Groom Attitude Media Publisher and Entrepreneur

With the dogged determination that I received from my mom and dad, I also have the willingness to pay the price for what I want. Also, there is the realization that good things come in the right times, and that opportunity truly does meet preparation. I always feel that I’m getting ready for “the big moment” in my life, and then I awaken to realize that every day is that “big moment” for me!

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus

After the Northridge Earthquake hit Los Angeles, I vowed to not worry ever again about the things I cannot control.  My house was earthquake “ransacked” in just a matter of seconds and the aftermath was surreal.  I have given up on dread of the unknown, and have turned my efforts to the things I can control in my life with my actions and my will. Don’t give up. It is worth it!

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Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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“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!)

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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

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

What we are capable of becoming 8-29-14

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No 35 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, August 29th, 2014

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life. Robert Louis Stevenson

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying
about things which are beyond the power of our will.
— Epictetus

The Northridge Earthquake on January 17, 1994 changed my life. We had experienced two 6.0 earthquakes in Santa Monica a week before the big quake. My flashlight was ready, shoes, and water. After the horrible shaking stopped, I reached for my bed stand for my flashlight. The bed stand was not there. My TV had flown across the room and my end table was overturned.

My tables and dressers had been covered with plate glass, covered with glass collectables, now all broken all over the floor. The sliding mirrored closed door has flown across the room and blocked my escape from my bed.

That was a morning I’ll never forget. My cat was in a tiny ball under the guest bed. My kitchen floor was a mixture of precious crystal glasses. My china, refrigerator contents and all manner of food that had spilled from the pantry and shelves. I wept as I threw away my mom’s broken crystal and plates.

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From that day on I decided on two things. 1. I was not going to worry about what I could not control, i.e. earthquakes. 2. Eat off your good dishes in life.  I promised myself that I was not going to eat off of paper plates in my life again.  That is an analogy for always doing my best every day and delivering the best I have to give to others daily! Even today, I have my best china out and eat from it and drink from my most expensive Waterford goblets. Yes, I have broken a few glasses and chipped a few dishes, but I did it from using them and not having them covered in dust and unused then broken in an earthquake.

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Our neighborhood walk the earthquake morning revealed apartment buildings where you could see directly into apartments, brick walls now lying on the ground. St. Monica’s church had a tilted steeple and you could see through the cracks in the walls of the sanctuary. The heavy stone cross lay smashed on the entrance steps. No home had a chimney and Montana Avenue brick store fronts lay on the sidewalk. The market looked as if someone had thrown all the food on the floor and we had no power, water, and gas fumes filled the air.

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Now, I don’t worry. I have decided to be the best I can become in life. This truly is my only end.

We watch movies and TV about heroic acts by soldiers or cops, but
maybe that sort of heroism isn’t very relevant to modern reality.
Maybe real courage is being willing to get up and face another day,
and do honest work to the best of our ability despite knowing that,
in all likelihood, we won’t get the recognition or financial reward
we deserve.– John F. Groom

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I consider myself lucky and know that all I have, everything around me, my health, and even my life could be taken away from me in a few seconds. Live in the moment. Live life to the fullest. Eat off your “good dishes” every day and give your all in life. Don’t worry about the other guy. Be happy for what you have and strive for greatness and all great things will come your way.

I call people rich when they’re able to meet the requirements of
their imagination. — Novelist Henry James

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: VACATION IN HAWAII! See you in two weeks!