Our Weekly Message for May 7, 2003

Greetings special friends,

There is so much going on with everyone right now. Graduation is just around the corner and everyone will be headed to summer camp, summer jobs, and some of you will be able to relax and have vacations (lucky you!). Camps are filling at a much faster pace than ever before. Don't be left out...pre-register online now at the ADTS Summer Camps page.

Here are some thoughts for the day from The Spice of Life by Dian Ritter:

Happiness can't be measured by one's wealth. For instance, a man with $8,000,000.00 may not be a bit happier than a man with $7,000,000.00.

A day ought to start with eager anticipation and end with pleasant memories.

A really contented person has yesterdays all filed away, the present in order, and tomorrow subject to instant revision.

Contentment is a pearl of great price.
I have mentioned this before but there is a great website called BirthdayAlarm.com. You can have your friends sign up and be reminded of their birthdays as well as have a selection of free cards to send as well. It has been a great help to me this past year.

Those of you who like a spiritual charge will enjoy DailyDevo.com Ministries. You get a short, to the point devotional each day. It is really a great way to start each day.

As you are winding down for the school year and planning ahead for 2004, visit our web site for our 2004 Contest Dates that are already posted. Contact ATS Travel for a bid
for your 2004 trip at ATS@sanmarcos.net.

With everything in a whirlwind at the end of school, we sometimes allow ourselves to get a little stressed out. Below is a list of ways you can reduce stress each day. I hope that they will do the trick for you this week!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there. Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch!


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


1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No, to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.,
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough exercise.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you, Jesus!"
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.


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