Our Weekly Message for October 16, 2002

Greetings friends,

I just returned from our local pumpkin patch and filled the breezeway with all shapes and sizes of beautiful orange delights. What fun it is to start the cycle of growth by purchasing pumpkins in October, then scattering their seeds in December and seeing the vines grow up in the Spring with bright orange pumpkins again in the late summer.

Here are some thoughts for the day about overcoming failure:

"When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal." -- Napoleon Hill

"Winners never quit and quitters never win, unless they quit failing." -- Doug Firebaugh

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it." -- William Durant

"It is not failure itself that holds you back; it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you." -- Brian Tracy

Here is another great reminder that we should all be aware of giving back to worthy causes. This idea was first brought to me by Ronnye Patterson of Brazoswood and reminded again when Kim Nettles of Huntsville wrote last week: "My team is working on a service project locally that involves fundraising for a local charity. It is our goal that we can make sure that every woman in our county can have a mammogram whether insured or not. Being a part of this project has made us think about how important it is for these young women to help in the fight against breast cancer. Each week, our team will make a $20 donation in the name of the team that we play against on Friday nights, to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. After halftime, when our officers go across to meet the other team, we present them with a certificate and letter that explains our endeavor. If 100 dance/drill teams would make ten $10 donations (10 games), we could raise $10,000.00 to fight breast cancer.

Imagine if every dance team took this challenge, the impact we could have to help fight the second leading cause of death in women." I would like to offer this great challenge to your team to contact your local Susan G. Komen Foundation through a local hospital or this charity office and be a part of the "Race for the Cure."

One Day Dance Workshops are around the corner including the Rockettes Dance Experience. Make sure to register for these online.

Below is a beautiful passage called "Grace" from a sweet book called, "Animal Blessings" by June Cotner. I hope that it creates the beautiful vision for you that it did for me.

May you have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch.

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


by Ronni Sweet

Twilight begins
The embrace of stars.
I attend to softening edges,
Watch the unassuming beauty of
Horses as they bow their heads
Over sweet, sun-dried grasses.

This is the most peaceful time I know.
Paced by clover-scented, rhythmic chewing,
Content with present abundance
I slow the natural pulse
Of earth and sky.

To simple needs–
Warm breath on hand,
Comfortable intimacy in serene eyes.
For it is the horse's gift
To connect us with heaven
And our own footsteps.

Each evening
I look forward to this transition,
This precious mystery of
Communion with the still Earth
As I gently slip out of this binding human skin
And Dance with child-like grace before the setting sun.


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