Weekly Letter for November 29, 2000
Greetings and I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. I am off to Iowa this week to judge the annual Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Competition. With over 200 teams participating this year, it proves to be the largest state competition of its kind. High Kicks to all of the Iowa teams this week!
If you haven't visited the web site since Thanksgiving, our Christmas message
is up and features a beautiful original painting by Sandi McRae. Her annual,
original Christmas cards done from her paintings and special messages always
get me in the spirit of Christmas!
Below are two passages for those of you who are off to contest, in play off games or beginning to learn contest routines. They are also valuable lessons for life, as well.
Have a wonderful week, and, as always, keep in touch!
Joyce E. Pennington
American Dance/Drill Team®
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Winner Has Scars
Your life is made up of a series of experiences. Each one will make you stronger, even though sometimes it will be hard for you to realize it. Life is your classroom in which you are being tested, tried, and passed.
Always try to stay in the midst of life and activity.
Don't isolate yourself from the action.
Be among people and things, among troubles, difficulties and obstacles.
Your character develops itself in the stream of life.
Life expects you to make progress in reasonable time.
That's why they make those grade school chairs so small. Learn quickly that the setbacks and grief's you endure actually help you in your march forward to success. The world was built to develop your character.
Be a Winner
Winners take chances.
Like everyone else, they fear failing,
but they refuse to let fear control them.
Winners don't give up.
When life gets rough, they hang in until
the going gets better.
Winners are flexible.
They realize there is more than one way
and are willing to try others.
Winners know they are not perfect.
They respect their weaknesses
while making the most of their strengths.
Winners fall, but they don't stay down.
They stubbornly refuse to let a fall
keep them from climbing.
Winners don't blame fate for their failures
nor luck for their successes.
Winners accept responsibility for their lives.
Winners are positive thinkers
who see good in all things.
From the ordinary, they make the extraordinary.
Winners believe in the path they have chosen
even when it's hard,
even when others can't see
where they are going.
Winners are patient.
They know a goal is only as worthy
as the effort that's required to achieve it.
Winners make this world to a better place be.