“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)
American First Lady and Political Activist
I’m good at grunt work. I can tackle the things I don’t want to do or anyone else for that matter. There are so many tasks before me that I don’t think I can do, challenges that I know are too hard for me, and to do’s that are knocking on my door. Yet, I get up, go in, and do what I need to do. I do what I doubt I can and I get it done. Thanks, dad, for giving me the tenacity to do what is necessary.
Many say that our thoughts turn into our actions. Yes, that is true. But I have doubts and fears and hesitations in my life. I pull myself and do what I don’t think I can do.
When a task is accomplished, I look back and always say, that wasn’t do hard, even though it might have been a great challenge.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
(1869-1948) Indian Nationalist
Gandhi had another approach. He put together our thoughts, speech, and actions together to achieve harmony. That is so ideal, but I’m just not all together all the time with my ideas, what I say, and what I do. When they all do come together, yes, happiness does follow. My goal is to have my thoughts to where I could wear them above my head in a text bubble for all to read. If I knew that others truly could read all my thoughts I would work much harder to keep my focus to the light and truth all the time.
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)
26th President of the United States
What is the solution for happiness, peace, accomplishing what we doubt that we can do? For me, the answer is truly working hard at the great job of service in life. That’s about the only time I’m truly happy in my life. When I’m up to my eyeballs in service tasks to accomplish, I’m never worried, sad, or with doubt. When I see that my actions are making a difference in the lives of others, I am receiving the best prize in my life.
“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”
– A.W. Pinero (1855 – 1934)
I always tell others about my career with Arthur Murray that I have not worked a day in the last 43 years. I’ve done what I’ve loved doing, and I continue to be fulfilled for that happy service. I’ll be 63 this year and I still feel like that young kid from so long ago who walked into an Arthur Murray School in Nashville, Tennessee as dance student. From the first step on the floor, to dancing today, it always felt right to me to dance. The love for ballroom dancing has only grown and matured. I’m a good older teacher because I now listen and laugh more with my students and I truly love and respect them.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote of doing the thing you think you cannot do gives me strength daily. I now know that my faith, the love and support of others, and the will to continue and achieve will show me that I can do the things I must do in life. Be encouraged, you can do it and it will get better!
Thanks for reading!
David Earl Woodbury
Keep on Dancing!
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