We Begin An Exciting New Journey

Friday, February 15, 2013

223538_425901687486241_1373955081_nWe celebrated my 100th blog with balloons, signs, banners and cheering. What a nice celebration! Thanks to everyone who made this occasion so very special. Now, it’s time to move forward “where no man has gone before”. So, where do we go now? Do we talk about Arthur Murray in it’s 101st year? Do we chat about the excitement of Ballroom Dancing around the world? Or, do we talk about the benefits of dancing in all areas of our lives?

[Photo with Robert & Christy Melgoza, 100th Blog]

Now, I think we will talk about dreaming, and making our dreams come true.  From this blog I hope to show others that through dancing, you can change your life.  Arthur Murray’s is in the business of changing lives, one step at a time.  I have seen shy, quiet people become ballroom champions. They transform their whole lives through learning all the ins and outs of partnership dancing.

In my own life, I want to continue setting goals and working toward them. I have some secret dreams and plans of my own.  Those plans are to try to use my best skills to their full potential, and push myself past my comfort zones so that I utilize all my abilities. Daily my mind and heart are buzzing with ideas, and I want to make a difference.  Finally, I realize that I can, I will, and I must make a difference. So let’s move forward.

604062_427662170643526_1650557256_n“Your health is your wealth” so continuing to dance and run is in the plans for me. I know that to keep my health I must practice portion control, exercise, nutrition, and continue to feed the emotional and spiritual parts of my life. I want to die healthy. My dad always talked about balance in life, and I just don’t know about that yet.  I’m a person of extremes, but I would like to learn how to balance faith, family, health, exercise and career all together in the circle of life.

[10K photo]

As for opportunities, I think that I would like others to know that they CAN learn to dance and have fun. I dream that they try a dance and see how much they enjoy it.  Once the magic of dance enters your body, it will change you from head to toe.  The combination of the music, movement, and amalgamations are addictive, fun, and challenging.

If you are not dancing, I challenge you to pick up the phone and call your nearest Arthur Murray Dance Studio and make an appointment for your first lesson.  If you are away from dancing, renew your dancing interest and take a lesson.  For those of you who are currently enjoying the joys of dancing, bring in a new friend and have them come in on your studio’s Guest Special for a few lessons. Take your first step.  Set a goal to dance a routine at a show.  Try a new and exciting dance, such as Viennese Waltz or Bolero, and let your creativity run wild. 

In your personal life, get up and move!  Are you sitting too much?  Are you overweight, in poor health, or just hurting in your bones? Just the action of moving your body will help move you in the right direction toward optimum health and happiness. Have you ever met anyone your age and thought, “They’re so old!” Perhaps that person is even younger than you, but they do not dance, exercise or watch their nutrition.  The first thing that you notice is the lack of a sparkle in their eyes, and the absence of a bounce in their stride.  Keep your body lubricated with merriment, music, and movement, and you will live a long, healthy life.

As I type, today is the end of Ash Wednesday. Today I gave out ashes while saying “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. That phrase will stay with me for the next 40 days of Lent. During this season my hope is to be of service to others in some small or great way. Each day I’ll try to be a blessing to others through action and encouragement, and to be a living example of faith.


Thank you!

David Earl Woodbury


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