Our Weekly Letter for September 13, 2000

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Hello there
Life is good today....we got rain for the first time in almost 3 months! I hope you did as well.
I came across an interesting web site for teachers and students. It is www.pbs.org and has over 1400 lesson plans 
for teachers as well as reference articles on the arts and performing arts. 
They also have PBS specials available on video including performances of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, etc. Take a visit this week.
For those teachers and students needing research on local, state or national government, visit AOL Government Guide . You will find all kinds of interesting and helpful information.
We are elated to have a new webmaster, Summer Adoue Johansen, working on our web site. By next week, you should be able to view a list of over 200 routines available on video, as well as new articles and information about 
our 2001 contests. 
Below is a passage that was presented as the commencement address for Georgia Tech, written by Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca-Cola. It has some powerful words to share with all of us today. May you have a great week and enjoy dancing and make sure to always keep in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®

Five Balls of Life

This was written by the CEO of Coca-Cola Brian G. Dyson. It was used as Georgia Tech's Commencement Address:

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - Work - Family - Health - Friends - Spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls -- family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, 
marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.

They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?
1. Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
2. Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
3. Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
4. Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
5. Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really 
over until the moment you stop trying.
6. Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us together.
7. Don't be afraid to encounter risks It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
8. Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to 
hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
9. Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.
10. Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
11. Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
12. Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.


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