4-4-14 “The Time Machine”

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No 15 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, April 4, 2014
The Time Machine

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most
deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice
which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that
attitude, follow it. — William James (1842-1910) American Philosopher and Psychologist

Time Machine

When I dance I believe that time stands still, and we do not age. We are in the eternal dream of endless youth and vitality. Then, I believe that the longer we dance, we become younger and the hands of time reverse. Therein is the magic of dancing, we remain young at heart forever always with a song in our hearts, and a spring in our steps.

Want to feel wonderful, dance a Swing. Want to feel elegant…Waltz, dramatic…Tango, exciting…Mambo, romantic…Rumba. You can live all your life’s emotions through dancing, and even create new experiences through dancing.

Health is Wealth

Now that I’m 57, I am usually the oldest person in a staff formation or at a dance camp. More mature students seem feel comfortable with me. I’m like that vintage Cadillac that becomes a classic as the years roll on. But inside, when I dance, I am fierce, young, vital and youthful. Dancing seems to wipe away injuries, illness, age, and doubt. The moments I spend dancing are fun-filled and joyous.

The biggest change for me in dancing has always been making mistakes. Yet, every lesson has a whole lot of great laughter, enough to water your eyes and giggle your sides. Now, when we make a mistake, I just look at my student and say “What was that?” and we just roar with laughter together. It makes them unafraid of venturing into something new, and we realize that there are no limitations to movement. We laugh together and give each other a hug. Try learning this way and you’ll do it better the next time, and you’ll both have a twinkle of joy in your eyes.

As for health, it’s our wealth. As you know, I’m back to Weight Watcher in Santa Monica with Amy Brunell and she is a saint. She brought me back to a healthy way of thinking and got the good gears moving again. I’m midway through my physical. Just had my heart echo today and my treadmill stress test with good results.

Get this, when I heard the heart echo scan today, and heard my heart beating through the speakers, I was amazed. This is what I heard, “Ka-wish, kawoosh kawoosh” or “Sh-wee, shumm, shumm” or “Chi-cka, kachu kachu” as I heard the actual sound of each part of my heart beating. I said to the technician “My heart is keeping beat to the music of life”. I was amazed at the musical rhythm I heard as she did her procedure. At the end, I told her that everyone who has a heartbeat has rhythm and the echo test proved that theory!

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What we do with that rhythmical music of life is what determines the outcome of who we are. My cardiologist said, lose weight and get your heart rate up to 135 three times a week and you’ll be fine for the rest of your life. Move, eat well, and take care of myself.

Have you used your Time Machine? Well, come to the Santa Monica Arthur Murray Dance Center. Our theme is “Hospitality” so we know that you will feel welcome. Our plan is simple and we have a course for everyone. Take a lesson, experience a group and a party. Invite a guest and have them join with us. Take a leap of faith and see what it’s like to have time stop, or even reverse for you. You’ll be younger in heart and feel great!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Entrepreneur, Manager, Technician?

“Back to Weight Watchers Santa Monica” March 28, 2014

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No 14 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, March 28, 2014

“Back to Weight Watchers”

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of
possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world —
making the most of one’s best.– Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American Protestant Minister

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have begun my physical. I gained about 30 pounds in building out the studio and starting the new Arthur Murray Franchise. This is a result of lots of long days, hours, and many, many Jersey Mike’s sammies and not enough dancing!

So, now I have been examined, given blood, had an ultra sound, am getting a stress test, and have to see a dermatologist and get new glasses. So, it’s time to bite the bullet and get into shape!

2014-03-22 07.20.22Life, you are amazing. Who walks into Arthur Murray Santa Monica a while ago, and is now one of our best guest getters, Amy Brunell from Weight Watchers, my former leader at WW. Well, last week Amy had “the talk” with me and I woke up. Joel and I walked into WW of Santa Monica last Saturday and rejoined.

Thank you Amy for following through with me for many, many months of patience, post cards, visits, and becoming an Arthur Murray Student. I applaud your belief in what you do to help others. You have helped change my life! You are a lady of class and you believe in what you do.

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being
cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared.
It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure footedness
that comes with having proved you can meet life.– Ann Landers, born 1918

Well, now I’m almost half way done with my physical, stress test soon and heart sonogram coming up, eye test and then the results. Truly, our health is our wealth! Our health must come first and we must keep moving to stay in great shape! Yes, I am altering my thoughts which will results in a new reality in the now.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his
life simply by altering his attitude of mind.– William James (1842-1910) American Philosopher and Psychologist

2014-03-25 13.23.25Do you have someone in your life like Amy who will give you that push forward to make a change? Do you have someone who is not afraid to tell you the truth and to give you a kick in the butt when needed? If not, here it is…move forward and move your body to health and fitness and success.

Are you sitting? Well, get up and shake it. Dance, exercise, eat well, rest, manage stress, retain great thoughts and surround yourself with people you like and do what makes you happy. Don’t live another day unhappy and say au revoir to the past and run toward a bright future.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Time Machine!