No 52 12-29-17 Happy New Year!

No 52 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year 2018!

“To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself, it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline – training – is about.”

– James Clavell, in his novel Shogun (1924 – 1994)

 

British novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

– James Allen (1864 – 1912)

British philosophical writer

 

“Do not falter or shrink; But just think out your work, and just work out your think.”

– Nixon Waterman (1859 – 1944)

newspaper writer, poet and Chautauqua lecturer

 

Yes, our thoughts are a huge part of our lives. Imagine if we could only control what we think! What if our self-talk was not so brutal? My self-talk is rough. I scold myself and beat myself up for just minor infractions. Now, I am stopping myself and ceasing the cruel thoughts and I try to think good thoughts to myself. I know we all do this and I know that I become my own thoughts, so they should be good even great ones!

“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.”

– E. Merrill Root (1895 – 1973)

American Writer

 

Thinking good thoughts for me means that I often must let go. Let go of being “right”. Let go of controlling situations and others. Let go of my acerbic tongue and quick responses. Now, I am waiting for others to speak and listening much more in conversations. Also, letting go of fear of loss and the fear of something bad happening. Now, I find that my situations and life work out without me being nasty, controlling, and too overbearing. I am learning to say “this is working out” and truly letting good things happen in my life.

As a result of this, I do feel more a sense of wonder and magic. I dream more and these dreams come true. Now that I am not trying to control every aspect of my life, but live more in the moment, I am happier and those around me are happier with 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 (55AD – 135AD)

Stoic philosopher

 

“It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles that come up to try the skill of a man’s hand, the quality of his courage, and the endurance of his faith.”

– Donald Douglas (1892 – 1981)

American, Founder Douglas Aircraft Company, later McDonnell Douglas

 

“I like a man who attempts the impossible.”

– J.P. Morgan (1837 – 1913)

American financier

 

Life can be impossible with endless obstacles. Yet, when we attempt the impossible with skill, courage, and faith we succeed in the end. I truly don’t want my life to be easy. Why, because during the rough times, I have learned the most and grown the most in my life. During the “dark nights of the soul” I have met mentors who have remained my guides, friends, and leaders until this day. I know life is going to be rough, so I use the magic of service to focus on the good and the positive.

 

“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.”

– James Buckham (1844 – 1930)

 

Canadian lumberman and Liberal politician

“If you smile when you lose, then you win in life.”

– From Tai-Pan, the great adventure novel by James Clavell (1924 – 1994)

British novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war

 

As I look back on my years, I realize that there is so much I do not know about life and people. I realize that I am learning daily about people, work, faith, family, health, relationships, service, and patience. The list goes on and on. That’s exciting for me. There is a great future. As the above quote says, I smile a lot and that makes me a winner in life.

Go into the new year with a clean slate. Good thoughts, good hopes and dreams, good plans for the future. Let the bad times go and smile and appreciate the good times.

Happy New Year!

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

davidearlwoodbury@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No 12 “What is Happiness?” 3-24-17

No 12 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, March 24, 2017

“What is Happiness?”

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”– William H. Sheldon (1898 – 1977)American psychologist and numismatist

“Will and I could hardly wait for the morning to come to get at something that interested us. That’s happiness.”– Orville Wright (1871 – 1948) co-inventor of the airplane

Happiness, we are all looking for it. William H. Sheldon mentioned having wholeheartedness without regret or reservation. The Wright Brothers could not wait to greet happiness every morning. What was this all so easy for them? What are people so unhappy today. We are all carrying around little plastic disks that have more computing power than the first manned mission to the moon. These cell phones do not make us any happier. In fact, we tend to curse them as the beep and vibrate in our hands.

I’ll be honest with you, happiness for me is based on my thoughts and my mental state. I struggle with keeping a positive mental attitude every day. Yesterday I was walking to Career Day at SAMOHI and I was saying, “Count all your blessings and focus on them” and a dear friend walked up beside me and as we continued together, she told me about how she completely beat cancer. The good thoughts flooded over us and through us. Good thoughts attract good energy.

“To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself, it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline – training – is about.”– James Clavell, in his novel Shogun (1924 – 1994)British novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war

When my negative talk overtakes my mind, I say my daily mantra:

I am perfect as I am. Everything in my life is working towards my ultimate good. I am loved and I am love. I have perfect health, wealth, faith, and weight. I am free from fear, anger, depression, resentment and unforgiveness. I walk in light; I live in peace.

Sometimes I have to repeat this many times. Then, I surround myself with the healing waters of light and let the positive healing take over my mind and body. It always works for me.

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”– R.G. Ingersoll (1833 – 1899) American lawyer

“Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action.”– Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)

The lack of passion and commitment keeps me from being happy always. I see so apathy around me, especially in the times we live in. There is little initiative and the spark of life is hard to find in others. It seems as if our salt has lost its savor. I love to meet anyone who is passionate and on fire in their lives. They lift me up and inspire me. They have the imagination and the plan and they are taking action to make it happen.

To finish up this message on happiness, I want to share something from J. Clair, my mom. She always said “Keep a little song in your heart”. Momma would always laugh with me and we just enjoyed being silly having a chuckle together. If growing up means giving up that youthful attitude, I don’t want to group at all.

“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”  – Mencius Chinese philosopher (372-289 B.C.)

“A childlike man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle aged habit and convention.” – Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) English writer

I hope you loved the quotes in this blog!

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

davidearlwoodbury@gmail.com

Keep on Dancing!

 

Bonus Quotes Just For You!

“There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lie happiness.”

– Gelett Burgess (1866 – 1951) American Author

 

“Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.”

– Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903 – 1998) American pediatrician

 

“Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else.”

– Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) English Novelist

 

“Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most men this comes chiefly through their work.”

– Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) – English Mathematician and Philosopher

 

“I’m not happy, I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.”

– Beverly Sills (1929 – 2007) American Opera Singer

 

“I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends and a wife and children to share life’s beauty with you.” – J. Kenfield Morley (1838 – 1923) a British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor

 

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” – William H. Sheldon (1898 – 1977) American psychologist and numismatist

 

“I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends and a wife and children to share life’s beauty with you.” – J. Kenfield Morley (1838 – 1923) a British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor