It’s Better to Dream and Work

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No 24. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s better to Dream and Work.

It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work.  Faith is
mighty, but action with faith is mightier.– Thomas Robert Gaines

I have big dreams. I want Arthur Murray Santa Monica to be a place where all are welcome. I want our

studio to have a very high standard of dance and to be a place where our student can come in and

feel welcome all day. The most important ingredient is our Arthur Murray service that we offer to all who walk in our doors.

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Our dreams are big, yet we are making them come alive by lots and lots of hard work and service. Yes, we believe we can achieve our goals with faith, yet our faith is laced with action in every form.

I have resolved from this day on, I will do all the business I can
honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can
willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.
— Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish Novelist

Honestly, reasonably and willingly. These are important ingredients to make it all come together. Being Visible, being Easy, being Useful, being Ready. I live by these four points.

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
— English proverb

We are not seeking an easy road or a smooth path. We are seeking to be our best under all circumstances and also training others to know how to be their best. In ballroom dancing, the key is floor time. Dancing as much as you can to get to know the “rules of the road” and how to dance on a crowded floor maintaining floorcraft and poise.

Now that our studio is growing, we are seeing our staff advancing and maturing and seeing achievable goals for themselves in the future. Being able to discover ability in others is the true test in owning a business. How to train the next person to replace you so you may move on to a higher calling and a stronger path is the greatest achievement in any ballroom dance center.

As I write this, I am once again going into new arenas of growth in my own life. I can see the future, and it is a bright one. It is full of great achievements achievable by lots and lots of hard work and perseverance. I am not afraid. I am happy to not be in a rut in my life and lost in a comfort zone that is pulling me down into mediocrity.

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles but in
avoiding them.  A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
— Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American Methodist Minister

Bring on the opportunities. Please give me the wisdom to not make too many mistakes and know how to move both forward and backwards with grace and poise. Help me to use the knowledge and common sense that I have, and also to ask help from others.

Remember, you can have it all with hard work, consistent service, and a willingness to help others realized their dreams as they travel with you.

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

3-7-14 The Arthur Murray Lifestyle

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No 11 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, March 7, 2014

The Arthur Murray Lifestyle!

This week we observed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. How does my Arthur Murray Lifestyle apply to Lent? Well, today I was Team Leader for the 8 AM Mass for ashes, and who do I see, my students, my staff, and the Arthur Murray Dancers of St. Monica’s. We are the dancers for Dancing With Our Stars, a fundraiser for the Arts Department of St. Monica’s Schools March 7, 2014.

Arthur Murray ManAs I am guiding our wonderful Hospitality Team Members into their spots, I see the faculty around me who are participating in the upcoming event. I say hello to my very own student who is just finishing the 6:30 AM Mass. I see the principal of both schools and realize that I am truly living the Arthur Murray Lifestyle.

You see, I have the unique experience of living, worshiping, and working with my friends and neighbors in my Santa Monica community.  This is a great responsibility, for I must live the life of a true Arthur Murray man, a man of character and grace and poise, while remaining a leader and mentor to others. I see our students at mass, at the market, walking to the beach, shopping, and generally all over the city of Santa Monica.

Arthur and Kathryn Two PhotosThis is a challenge in many ways for I am a human full of faults and flaws. I get tired and grumpy and sometimes lose my smile. Here’s a lesson I have learned. When I am dancing, greeting others, serving others in any way, a genuine smile creates a magical environment.  A smile comforts others and opens up the doors of trust, communication, and connection.

For you see, being an Arthur Murray Man means being the leader that others are looking up to. I do not have the luxury of a bad day, a grumpy mood, a sour attitude. I must leave the negative behind and carry light so others may see.  Today I read a story of a teenager who created a flashlight that operated from the heat of the human hand. This could potentially change the lifestyle of many, many people who do not have electricity. We have to be that light for others, generated by the heat of our passion for life and service.

Arthur Murray on ShipThus, the reason for Lent. I am giving up my anger, my doubts, my grumpy moods, my darkness. What am I doing for Lent, sharing laughter, light, and life with others. Cleaning up my mouth from negative talk (and worrdie dirdies) and filling my voice with words of hope and affirmation. It will be a 40 day journey and I have taken the first step. Want to go with me?

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: When will all this hard work pay off?