Attitude IS Everything

Attitude is EverythingJerry is the manager of a restaurant in South Philly. He is always in a good mood and  always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him “how he was doing”, he would always reply,

“If I were any better, I would be twins!”

Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he changed jobs, so they could follow him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was always there, telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious. So, one day, I went up to Jerry and asked him, “I don’t get it! No one can be a positive person all the time. How do you do it?” Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, I have two choices today,

I can choose to be in a good mood or I can choose to be in a bad mood.
I always choose to be in a good mood.

Each time something bad happens,

I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it.
I always choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining,

I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life.
I always choose the positive side of life.

“But it’s not always that easy,” I protested. “Yes, it is,” Jerry said, Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood.
It’s your choice how you live your life.”

Several years later, I heard that Jerry accidentally did something you are never supposed to do in the restaurant business: he left the back door of his restaurant open one morning and was robbed by three armed men. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found quickly and rushed to the hospital. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

“Weren’t you scared?” I asked. Jerry continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the Emergency Room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘He’s a dead man.’ I knew I needed to take action.” “What did you do?” I asked. “Well, there was a big nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. ” She asked if I was allergic to anything.” ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them….

‘I am choosing to live. Please operate on me as if I am alive, not dead’.”

Jerry lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that…..

every day you have the choice to either enjoy your life or to hate it.

The only thing that is truly yours…..that no one can control or take from you… your attitude, so if you can take care of that …

everything else in life becomes much easier.

May you live a life of ease and happiness!

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New Dance Venue

2014-6 New Venues




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  FREE Sample Dance Classes

Come and sample the incredibly simple and new format of learning to social dance.  I’ve named it the KISS (Keep It Super Simple) method.

Been in previous classes?  Come and check it out.  Your feedback would be especially welcome.

Always wondered what the difference between Ballroom and Social dancing is?  Come and experience it for yourself.

Share the perk of a FREE class with your friends, family and neighbors …… everyone loves a GREAT Deal!

Classes Available:

  • Tuesday, May 20 at 3:15 p.m. at Cottonwood Dance Studio  (in Chandler)
  • Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Tempe Jazzercise/Dance Center

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CALL NOW! to save your spot in one of the classes.


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Spring Session ~ Basic Social Dance Begins


  • Spring Session begins
    Week of April 1

  • Register Early to Avoid Class Cancellation

Entry Level Classes Available:
Tuesday     3:00 p.m.     Chandler
Tuesday     7:00 p.m.     Tempe
Thursday    7:45 p.m.     Tempe

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You absolutely have to make time and come and experience the incredibly simple Dance Program that has been evolving recently.  My students and I are so-o-o impressed with the remarkably quick progress they are making.

In just 1 hour you ….. yes, you ….. can learn to move and dance to a fox trot, swing, rumba, one step, cha cha or tango.  There is no memorization required for our Fearless Leaders and the ladies learn to follow a lead, be light on their feet and easy to meet.

Learn to listen to music and enjoy your partner.  It’s great exercise, fun, and EASY !!!

Invite your friends to join us.  That old saying “the more, the merrier” certainly applies to the dance floor.  Questions can be answered via phone or e-mail.  Contact info is below.


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FREE Sample Dance Classes

DancersSOCIAL Dancing Made Simple

Move to any Music in 1 Hour


FREE Sample Classes Scheduled

Tuesday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. at Chandler location
Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Tempe location

Choose the one that fits your schedule.
Register by calling 480.491.4942/span> or e-mailing

What’s “Social” Dancing All About?

Social dancing is all about having fun in your everyday world where parties and celebrations take place.  This dance program takes all the work out of learning to really enjoy dancing with a good looking partner in your arms.

No memorization and at the end of the first hour you can move to any music that is played……no need to ID what dance should be done or how to move to your favorite genre of tunes.  Frank Sinatra, C/W, Rhythm & Blues or Rock ‘n Roll …. you will amaze yourself!

Invite your friends …..they’ll make it even more fun and will be pleased that you thought of them by extending the invitation.

Hope to see you on the dance floor next week!

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FREE DANCE – Last Minute Opportunity



  • Saturday – February 15, 2014
  • 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Meadows RV Park
2401 West Southern Avenue
Tempe   85282

  Live, Great Music by Route 66 Trio

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Valentine’s Day Dancing Field Trip

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OOPS! FREE Class Rescheduled

OOPS!  Got notice this a.m. that a scheduling conflict at the facility requires a small adjustment in the timing of the FREE Dance Class!

We will meet on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room A6) at the Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 Brentwood Drive, Chandler, AZ 85248.

Be sure to RESERVE YOUR SPACE in this class by contacting me by e-mail or phone:  …..  480.491.4946

Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors.  They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness and you’ll have fun sharing the fun experience with them.Thanks so much for your understanding.



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FREE Sample Dance Class


YES….. It’s that much fun…….no kidding !!!

You and your friends are invited to a …… FREE Sample Dance class 

Wednesday ~ October 16, 2013
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Cottonwood in Sun Lakes
Room A9
25630 Brentwood Drive
Chandler  85248

“Social” dancing is lead and follow” ….  anything goes.  It’s always a wide range of musical genres and frequently, small, crowded dance floors.  It’s much less formal than “ballroom” and loads more fun.  Moving to the music is what it’s all about.  AND …… Mary Lou’s (KISS)  Keep It Super Simple method gets you on the dance floor in just a few hours.  ** AMAZE YOURSELF **    Walk In ~ Dance Out

Check it out in this FREE Sample class.  Feel free to invite all your friends and make a party out of it.

To hold your space in the FREE Class:  e-mail or call 480.491.4942

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Group Dance Class – Social Dance 101

There is room for you and a few of your friends in the Social Dance 101 class that is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 9th, at 7:15 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Community Center located in Phoenix at 4700 East Warner, 85044.

You’ll be amazed and so-o-o-o impressed with yourself when you see how incredibly easy it is to get out on the dance floor in a matter of weeks and stay there for as long as you want.  My special KISS method works with everyone……yes……you too!  *** KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE ***

Hope you’ll check it out.  Would love to have you join us!

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