The countdown is here for school to be out for summer. I hope that all of you have your plans in place for vacation, camp and reorganization. Make sure to visit our web site for many helpful references. Also, if you would like an occasional summer message, please send us your summer e-mail address as we will send messages every couple of weeks. For those attending summer camps, you can view schedules, maps and a list of the routines offered this summer at our web
This weekend, over 100 ADTS instructors will meet for 4 days in Salado to plan and choreograph for summer camps. We are elated about some of the talented new instructors we have hired along with our great veteran staff. We will be honoring those that have been with American Dance/Drill Team for 5 years, 10 years, 15
years, 20 years, and Mr. Butch Arnold for 40 years! congratulations to Butch!
I have given you two passages below about happiness and making a difference in the lives of others. I hope that they will be meaningful to you. I pray that you have a safe and productive summer and that your team will be ready to start the fall of 2001 with the best season ever. We appreciate your support of our company and our services. Please let us know how we can improve. God bless you all!
Keep in touch,
Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team
Be Happy Now!
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we're frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We'll certainly be happy when they're out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire. The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?
Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with... and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting ... until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you're off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you're born again to decide that.
There is no better time than right now to be happy!
Take this quiz:
1- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3- Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5- Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6- Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one.
1- List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2- Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3- Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4- Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6- Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The lesson? The people who make a difference in your life are not those with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that CARE.
"Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life."