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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!