01 1-5-18 Champions!

No 01 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 5, 2018


“Champions talk success. Champions know that success is inevitable; That there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.” Michael Gelb


“A Champion Team will always beat a team of Champions.” John McGrath


“True Champions are team players.” Alan Cohen


“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” T. Allan Armstrong


Guess what? You are a champion for reading this message. You are a champion because you are feeding your mind, soul, heart, and spirit with positive thoughts and inspirational readings. You are a champion because you take the time to grow and expand your life.


I once thought that being a champion was having great things happening to me every day, conquering all obstacles in my life, and breaking new records. Yes, all those things are true. But a champion is also someone who shows up and does the work, even the mundane work. It’s easy to go from mountain to mountain of success on a daily basis. But the true champion also knows how to do the small tasks well.


It is said to be successful, you should be Visible, be Easy, be Useful and be Ready! I try to do these things daily. I try to be seen, do my tasks with a smile, be ready to offer a helping hand to others, and be prepared for all situations. This is a good formula for life in general.


Do you feel like a champion? Try this, go out and give a nice compliment to someone who is not having a good day. Help someone who cannot pay you back. Cheer up a friend or co-worker. Do a good deed for someone who cannot help themselves. Then, I assure you, you’ll feel like a champion and feel happy inside.


“Keep a Little Song in your Heart!” J. Clair Woodbury


Thanks for reading!


David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!




Where is Your Light? 5-9-14

2014-04-22 13.10.11

David Earl Woodbury
No 19 Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, May 9, 2014

Where’s Your Light?

Swiss Army Knife

Today I was using my Swiss Army Knife that I bought in Paris over 10 years ago. It is red, small, useful, and I use it often. As I was using it, I touched the emblem on the side and a light shone from the end. It was the flashlight feature! After all these years, I had never seen that light, never pushed the button, never noticed the light, never discovered what I had in my hands all the time.

Ever have the lights go out and you can’t find a flashlight (I just found mine in my top drawer!), can’t find candles or matches, and it’s dark inside and you can’t see a thing. Then, in a moment, someone pulls out their phone and turns on the flashlight feature and you find your torch in your own top drawer, hidden by the darkness.

What do we use for our lights? Go to Disneyland and look out at the crowd before the fireworks and you see an ocean of bright blue phone screens. Or go to the theater and everyone is using their torch feature from their phones to light their path. I’ve walked home using my phone to guide my feet, and who knew 10 years ago that our mobile phones would light up the night!

Often our light goes out and we have the ability to illuminate our way and guide others, and we don’t know how to turn the light on. We don’t know that we have a light and we don’t know where it is. Just like my Swiss knife, it was in my hands for a decade, and it still worked!


It took Edison 10,000 tries to find what worked for the light bulb. He was asked if he became discouraged and he responded that he knew eventually he would run out of things that did not work! He had vision and persistence. Also, he had to have the dream of how to power the light that he created and to deliver that power to people to use and then have lamps that used the new bulbs.

Light Switch 5-8-14

Light is available to us all if we can just remember how to turn it on and if we are plugged into the source of power that makes the light glow. All of us have light if we will just find out how let it shine and how to keep our batteries charged! There is a lot of darkness out there, yet we can be a light to others and brighten the day!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: International Dance Festival 2014!