Our Weekly Message for January 30, 2002

Good Day to all of you,

I hope that your week has been successful so far. Our weekend in Kansas was 
truly spectacular with 84 teams and 70º weather! Click here to view the contest results from the Kansas Spectacular 2002. This weekend we have competitions in The Woodlands (Houston, Tx) and in Des Moines (Iowa). You can resource those 
contest schedules as well. Contests are growing by leaps and bounds including nationals which is close to 100 teams and we are still 6 weeks away! Don't delay in submitting your online registration form.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have." 
Dr. Hyman Judah Schactel

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." 
Abraham Lincoln

"Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer." 
Rienhold Niebuhr

"People don't notice if it is winter or summer when they're happy." 
Anton Chekhov

So many times it seems so easy to criticize those who are in charge. We find ourselves being "armchair quarterbacks" for a football game or second guessing the boss or director. Before we can respect ourselves, we have to have respect for authority and accept the things we cannot change. There are a couple of short passages below from "Thoughts on Leadership" I hope that you enjoy.

Have a wonderful week and, as always, please keep in touch.

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


"Some persons are always ready to level those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influence of true humility will avoid both these extremes. On the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their defiance and worth of character will entitle them to; and on the other hand, he will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that they are due." Jonathan Edward's

"People who look down upon other people don't end up being looked up to." 
Robert Half

"I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among people." Lao Tzu


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