Our Weekly Message for November 13, 2002

Greetings special friends,

Hope your week is going well. This weekend we begin the first of our One Day Dance Workshops at sites around Texas and Kansas. This is a great way to motivate your team and gain some innovative dance routines to carry you into contest season. Visit our 2002-03 One Day Workshop information page for dates and locations.

This Thursday evening will be the premier performance of the Rockettes Christmas Show in the Dallas area and we will be guests of Judi Ludovico from Radio City in New York. It will be my first time to see this incredible performance and we will see it twice in New York during Thanksgiving holidays. For more information on the Rockettes Christmas Show visit their web site.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

"To be successful, a woman has to be better at her job than a man." Golda Meir

"Well done is better than well said." Ben Franklin

Dreams are what inspire us to make each endeavor a success. Dreams do not have to be elaborate or unrealistic. We just have to be willing to dream and dream and get ready to work towards the end result. I hope you enjoy the
passage below about reaching your dreams.

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

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



The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.

She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of kids..." "No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. "I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know."

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.

1) You have to laugh and find humor every day.
2) You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!
3) There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change.
4) Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose." She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.

At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she began all those years ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE. REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get, we make a Life by what we give. God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.


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