No 26 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, June 24, 2016
“Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.”
– Henry J. Kaiser (1882 – 1967) American Industrialist
Oh boy, I hate trouble. The famous words “I need to talk to you” strikes fear in my heart quicker than a 4.0 on the Richter Scale. The words pour out of my mind “What now?” and then I hand on. Relying on my best behavior, I bravely move forward to see what needs to be done. Then, usually I find that only a minor adjustment needed to be made and that I learned something in the process. The problem was an opportunity in hiding!
“…the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last.”
– Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist
Perhaps we just need to push forward and always hope for the best. Any dancer will tell you that they have split a zipper, broken a shoe, or ripped a costume just minutes before taking the floor. Sometimes those things happen on the floor. Once, in my white spandex girdle stages, I was dancing a Paso Doble. I was in a skin tight black jumpsuit and we leaped up into the air, and as we landed, my black suit ripped all the way up the side to reveal a Maiden Form white girdle, holding in all my bits. In the glorious spirit of “The Show Must Go On”, I just kept dancing and we even received a Gold award. Perhaps from the notoriety and not the dancing itself!
So, how to avoid trouble. I love to serve. To donate time and effort to great causes. You’d think it would be an easy go since you’re trying to help others, but no! Volunteering may be full of tough times and rough decisions.
‘I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the one among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.’
Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, –  Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. 
No matter all the troubles, there is more joy in serving than just receiving. Being in the leadership role guiding others is full of wonderful opportunities and a wealth of blessings. You are surrounded by other leaders and others who love to serve as well. When all put ourselves together as the mastermind, troubles do not take a hold of us and answers are fast and may be found through perseverance and determination.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain (b: Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910) American Author and Humorist
Do you have any “Dream Maker” friends? I do, lots of them. They are exceptional people. They listen, guide, support, and fuel your enthusiasm to achieve your dreams and goals. I’m a dreamer and believe in helping others achieve their dreams. Yes, and there are the stinkey winkey people who are scared of their own shadow who will try to pull you down and kill your dream, but try this. Don’t lash out at them, help them to find their own dream and see it come to pass. Non dreamers learn to believe when they see us talking of our own dreams, and then seeing us live our words and live in our dreams.
“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”
– Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893) American Bishop
Every great moment, it is usually the small action from a quick decision that changes history. Develop your character during the big moments, and then realize it in the small actions.
Keep On Dancing!
David Woodbury (email me if you like my blogs!)