“Rejoicing in what we have”

“Rejoicing in what we have”

Week 01 1-7-22 “Rejoicing in what we have”

Changing Lives Through Dancing

David Woodbury – Arthur Murray Santa Monica, CA


“He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.”

– Epictetus

Greek Philosopher


“To be alive, to be able to see, to walk…it’s all a miracle.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

(1887-1982) Polish Pianist


Happy New Year and may many blessings come your way in 2022! As Arthur Murray Santa Monica is open and filled with our wonderful students, I have found myself grieving for March 2020 when we were at our peak in every way as a business. Then came the two closures of 172 days total.


Now I am looking at all the positive things happening all around us. Yes, there is a world of good going on right now. I’m so thankful for a wonderful partner, great home and parish. Lovely studio location and faithful staff. I see many Arthur Murray schools coming back and I look to a happy and successful future.


“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


Recently, I found that someone I trusted and looked up to for many years did not truly like me. I found I would never be good enough for them no matter how much I did, gave, and tried. I was actually told to stay away if I felt uncomfortable and I then did stay away. Now I have a new beginning and I feel once again greatness from within.


“Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.”

– Brendan Francis Behan

(1923-1964) Irish Author


In the opera Siegfried, the young warrior was free from any worldly fear. He was told that he could find a woman, Brunhilde, sleeping on a mountain surrounded by fire conjured by Loki, the jokester god of fire. Since Siegfried knew no fear, he simply walked through the fire to find his love. He kissed her and she awoke from her spell with the dawn.

“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”

– John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968)

American Novelist


“Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)

American Writer


Right now, greatness is truly expected of me. I need more courage now than ever in my life. My body is battling me almost daily and I’m still looking for the full light at the end of my present health tunnel of challenges.


“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV


Dwelling in the past, I have a degree in that one! One of the best blessings of getting older, is that I am forgetting a lot. Forgetting pain, sorrow, loss, mistakes, and regrets in my life. The blessing of what I do remember is all the good. My great parents who raised me, a loving partner, 45 years with Arthur Murray Dance Centers. All the sports accomplishments, the years of great success through service and volunteering.

I believe in the healing waters of life and every day I try to surround myself with light and the waters of healing. I sometimes still carry a pity bag on my shoulders, but I’m trying to fill my mind, heart and soul on forgiveness, love, hope, happiness and doing a new thing as I moved through new paths in the wasteland. (If you don’t know the wasteland, just turn on the present news).


“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

– Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

Third President of the United States


It’s time for new “luck” in my life and I’m ready to work hard and regain health, happiness, success, and find new paths of service to others.


Come back to dancing at Arthur Murray! You’ll be glad you did!


Remember, we will make it through all this. It will get better…and it will!


Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting Arthur Murray Santa Monica as a small business in Santa Monica! We appreciate you!


Love you all,

David Woodbury