No 42 10-20-17 Enter to Learn – Go Forth to Serve!

No 42 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, October 20, 2017


Enter to Learn – Go Forth to Serve!

-Tom Murdock – Arthur Murray International


At a recent Fall Forum staff awards and training weekend for Arthur Murray Dance Centers, Tom Murdock opened our great weekend with the above words. Tom is such a good friend to me and when he said his opening remarks, I said, that’s my diamond of knowledge for the weekend. I even made a note to write this blog today!

Yes, I am here to run a great Arthur Murray Dance Center, yet Joel Rieck and I try to run our school from the point of giving the best service first! Giving service to our staff, students, neighbors, to our parent company Arthur Murray Int’l, Inc., our city, our friends, faith family, and to one another. We want to share that knowledge of dance with others and help them grow. No mistake, I want to prosper and earn my fair share, but earn from helping others receive what they want in their lives.


“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

– Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) Spanish painter, sculptor


Every day I do something that I cannot do. This leads to some big mistakes and some great triumphs, yet I learn from all of them. I just let fear go and realize that I must move forward and take action. When I’m done, I always say, Well Done! Even on the hardest days and the most challenging moments, I know that time marches on and that the sun will rise tomorrow and that I’ll make it.

“Genius is eternal patience.”

– Michelangelo Di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564) Italian Sculptor and Painter


Are you a truly patient person? I am not at all a patient person. So guess what life brings me all the time? Situations where I must be patient to see the end result. Trials that require lots of time and resilience. Moments where I must breathe in and wait before I speak. Gee whiz, I hope l learn a little patience in my 60’s. It’s about time!


“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


What are your past thoughts, your present thoughts, your tomorrow thoughts? These are mine. Every morning I fill myself with light and the waters of healing. I allow the waters to wash over me, cleanse me, heal me and revive me. Then, I find a moment of serene peace, a perfect moment where all is well and safe. Then, I awaken to my day and to life.  Are all my thoughts good? No. I sometimes have a hard time controlling my thoughts to keep them positive. It is a daily effort to think good thoughts and stay positive.

Solution: continue to live a life of service and giving to others. Continue to seek the council of great leaders and mentors and strong life coaches. Then, give that light to others. For me, it’s the only way I will ever have peace in my life. Give strength to others and guide others. Through dance, through faith, through leadership, through example. It is my calling. It is my life. It is who I am. Success = Service.

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!










Don’t Have Enough Time? 10-10-14

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No 40 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, October 10, 2014

Don’t have enough time?

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same
number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis
Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas
Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Hi there. I’m late for my blog because I ran out of time! Wow, did I actually say that. Well yes I did! I was busy, I’m too tired, I had too much to do, I’m dancing 7 days a week, I’m preparing for the winter season. Lot’s of reasons for not writing my blog.

Check out this saying: Paddle, paddle – sometime big wave come.– Taro, Japanese surfer

Sometimes that’s how we create, doing a little bit at a time, then the job is done! As for time: “Extra-ordinary Results Come From Extra-Ordinary Effort”. That does not include saying you don’t have enough time. Yes, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. I wish I had 48 hours each day. I wish I did not have to sleep. I would speak perfect French, be on top of my exercise plan, run the top dance center in the country, and be a great success.

Yet, I have many friends who have the same 24 hours who achieve IT ALL in their lives. I watch them, see them on Facebook, chat with them, visit with them and they all seem so normal. They seem to “do it all” in their lives!Well, I’m still moving forward in my 24 hours in a day.

I have enjoyed life a lot more by saying “yes” than by sayings “no”.– Richard Branson

I am asked to do many things and I try to say yes to them all and fit it all in.

Not having enough time takes its toll, yet I show the results of a busy life in my looks:

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people
to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the
roads weren’t paved.– Will Rogers

What’s the answer? I have so much to do that I’m going nuts. Dancing, working, serving, planning, doing stuff all the time. Never can get it all done and what’s the answer?

Here is the answer….I’m going to laugh my way through the rest of my life. I’ll be busy until my last breath. I envision my last moments on this earth hollering “I’m not ready to go, give me just a little more time!” Count on this, I’m going with a song in my heart and laughter in my voice. Laughter is a medicine and I’m needing lots of it.

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if
you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time
with them.– Unknown

I don’t think an Arthur Murray teacher has taught a great lesson until they have had a laugh so loud that the whole studio stops to join in the merriment. You gotta laugh in life and have a little fun. You’ll still be busy. You’ll still never have enough time to do all you important stuff. So smile, laugh and enjoy the journey.

Hey guess what? I had time for my blog.

Love you all,

David Woodbury