Our Weekly Letter for March 7, 2001

Greetings to everyone!
I know that Spring Break is near for some of you to have a well deserved break. We had the most fantastic event this past weekend in Galveston with over 70 teams! Check out the results on our web site.  We are off to San Antonio and Lake Charles, Louisiana this weekend for two more exciting competitions.

Here is a thought for the day:
"Don't spend once second chewing on a mistake. It's a meatless bone."
from Hugh Prather's Spiritual Notes to Myself (Great book!)
Here is another thought from the book:
"What I believe I am will limit or release my gifts to the world."

Directors, don't forget that the National Convention is coming up in April in Fort Worth. Visit the web site for more information. Deadline to register your National All Star member is March 12th.

Hope you are having a great week. Enjoy the passage below on change, and as always, please keep in touch!

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

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We are living in an exciting age of unprecedented change.

Today's accelerated rate of change presents us with unique

challenges and opportunities. When change brings success, keep

your ego from getting out of hand. When the change is

negative, use your sense of humor to get through it. Once you

learn to handle change, you can take your skills, talents, and

abilities and help others change.

Let's look at four ways to enhance your mastery of change.

No. 1 Don't Fight It.

The natural tendency is to protect what you know and value,

what has become familiar and comfortable. Unfortunately the

world will change with or without you. So you must adapt again

and again. You make your life so much more complicated when

you fight the change. You cause yourself stress and can

actually become ill. Remember the old Serenity Prayer: God

grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know

the difference.

No. 2 You Don't Have to Like the Change.

No one ever said you have to like the changes you are

experiencing. However, you do have to understand them so you

can progress. Study, explore, and read everything you can

about the current matters that affect your perception and

handling of change. Life is not always about "liking". It is

about doing the best you can, with what you've got and getting

on with it--right now!

No. 3 Know What to Defend Against Change.

There are some things we should resist changing because change

does not always translate into better. Change for the sake of

change alone can destroy valuable situations, assets, and

relationships. Many values deserved to be defended. Ask

yourself what you will change and what you will defend.

No. 4 Have a Sense of Humor.

Humor can give you a momentary "emotional vacation." A sense

of humor can conquer pretense, and diffuse anger and

hostility. It can take an impossible situation and change it

into an acceptable one. The old axiom, "if you take yourself

too seriously, no one else will," is key. The most effective

people are spontaneous and can use humor to express their

feelings, and to encourage others.

When you set out to be a change master and to make a

difference in this world, there is no guarantee that it will

be easy. By learning about change, serving others and helping

them to learn to change, you will indeed be making a difference.


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