A Spark of Heavenly Fire 2-12-16

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No 7. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Spark of Heavenly Fire

“There is in every true woman’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

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For 40 years I have been associated with, guided by, taught by, led by, worked for, and mentored by some of the strongest women in the world. These women are amazing leaders and full of light and vision. They have guided my life and directed me forward into my current amazing life. Thank you my wonderful life-changing ladies! I love you all!

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“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

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Chekhov had it right for me because I feel empowered, full of power to create, yet each day I feel the spark of heavenly fire that helps me to grow and renew my strength daily.

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“The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French Philosopher

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Not every day is a victory day for me. Especially during this season of Lent, I am award of my shortcomings and am aware of where I need to improve in my life. The progress I feel is the most important part of Lent for me. Just get a little bit better each day and don’t go backwards into the old ways.

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“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

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When in my old life I was a 100% Choleric personality, I met someone who was 100% a Sanguine personality. He was always up, friendly and happy. It dawned on me that he was, every day, practicing the Habit of Happiness. He was choosing to be happy in his life.

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Now, I am a retired Choleric. It’s not good for the heart to always be right (in your own mind) and always upset when things aren’t going your way. As a Chosen Sanguine, I find myself laughing rather than being so cross and “right” all the time. My “spark of heavenly fire” often gets snuffed out when I do not let joy and happiness take me over.

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Whether or not you are observing these 40 days of Lent, or just trying to be a better person daily, try this. Cultivate that “spark of heavenly fire” in your life and share it with others. Just see how you too will become a “chosen Sanguine” in your own life!

Check this out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_temperaments.


Thank you,

David Earl Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com (email me if you like this blog)

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!

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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!

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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!