Message for September 27, 2001
Hello to everyone,
We just returned from the
New Mexico Spirit Association coaches meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
As always, it was great seeing our friends in New Mexico and planning ahead for a successful competition in Santa Fe.
Next month, there will be coaches/director meetings in Wisconsin and
North Dakota. Make sure that you are a member of your state association or the national association
Dance/Drill Team Directors of America.
Here is a special thought for the day:
"No one limits your growth but you. If you want to earn more, learn more. That means you'll work harder for a while; that means you'll work longer for a while. But you'll be paid for your extra effort with enhanced earnings down the road."
Continue to pray for our country and our President. Continue to show the patriotism and brotherly love we have shared the past two weeks. Continue to show that we have strength and confidence in our freedoms. I have offered some reflections on September 11th below. It teaches us how to prioritize with what is most important in life. May you have a blessed weekend. God bless America.
As always, keep in touch,
Joyce E. Pennington
On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools
On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where someone
was not praying
On Monday there were people trying to separate each other by race, sex,
On Tuesday they were all holding hands
On Monday we thought that we were secure
On Tuesday we learned better
On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes
On Tuesday we relearned what hero meant
On Monday people went to work at the World Trade Centers as usual
On Tuesday they died
On Monday people were fighting the 10 commandments on government property
On Tuesday the same people all said 'God help us all' while thinking 'Thou
shall not kill'
On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room
On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their
On Monday people picked up McDonalds for dinner
On Tuesday they stayed home
On Monday people were upset that their dry cleaning was not ready on time
On Tuesday they were lining up to give blood for the dying
On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses
On Tuesday grief stricken they sang 'God Bless America'
On Monday we worried about the traffic and getting to work late
On Tuesday we worried about a plane crashing into your house or place of
On Monday we were irritated that our rebate checks had not arrived
On Tuesday we saw people celebrating people dying in the USA
On Monday some children had solid families
On Tuesday they were orphans
On Monday the president was going to Florida to read to children
On Tuesday he returned to Washington to protect our children
On Monday we emailed jokes
On Tuesday we did not
It is sadly ironic how it takes horrific events to place things into
perspective, but it has. The lessons learned this week, the things we have
taken for granted, the things that have been forgotten or over looked,
hopefully will never be forgotten again.
On Monday - pray and be thankful
On Tuesday - pray and be thankful
On Wednesday - pray and be thankful
On Thursday - pray and be thankful
On Friday - pray and be thankful
On Saturday - pray and be thankful
On Sunday - pray and be thankful
-- Author Unknown