“Slight not what is near though aiming at what is far.”

“Slight not what is near though aiming at what is far.”

Week 03 1-14-22 “Slight not what is near though aiming at what is far.”

Changing Lives Through Dancing

David Woodbury – Arthur Murray Santa Monica, CA


“Slight not what is near though aiming at what is far.”

– Euripides (480 BC – 406 BC)

Greek Playwright


Yesterday I was in a Zoom meeting for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. The was a New Member Orientation to welcome and inspire and encourage new members. It was on Zoom because the Emergency Rooms in our immediate area are either full or almost full of the new omicron patients.


During the meeting, were listening to the new members as well as the Membership Council and Board Members who attended and listening to everyone’s experience now during the 4th wave of the virus.


This quote drew my attention as we are smart during these very trying times, yet we are preparing for the very near future when we will get to a new normal and a new wave of success in Santa Monica and around the world.


We all agreed that this is a great time to be preparing for the healing and returning to success that is just around the corner for us all.


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

– Beverly Sills (1929 – 2007)

American Opera Singer


Sills was the first Violetta for me. Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” was my first opera recording in my very early 20’s. I was (and still am) discovering Callas, Sutherland and Price plus many, many more.


Sills worked very hard to become a world class soprano and performer in opera houses around the world. She had been a star at City Opera at Lincoln Center for many years. On her first performance across the plaza at The Metropolitan Opera, just 100 feet away, the press hailed her as “an overnight sensation”. She was always amused by this.


Her “overnight bursting on the opera world” was preceded by performing on all the major opera stages singing the most sensational and difficult bel canto rolls in the repertoire. For Beverly Sills, there were no shortcuts in her life of opera. Sills became the Chairwoman of Lincoln Center and the MET, among many of her accomplishments.


“The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.”

– David Starr Jordan (1851 – 1931)

American, University President, Author


I love to be around leaders who know where they are going, and I love watching them achieving their goals. At Arthur Murray, we have schools who have not only stayed open during the virus but have achieved great success. They are not in LA County, but they have made the most of their current situation and their goals and visions have carried them to new heights during the past two years.


A new beginning, a time of new healing, a time of global success and growth is just around the corner. Keep on believing and preparing for better time. Keep you vision and hope and dreams.


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


Keep on Dancing!