Our Weekly Message for November 19, 2003

Greetings special friends,

It is hard to imagine that we are a week away from Thanksgiving and just 5 weeks from Christmas. How time flies when we are busy! Make sure to tune in to NBC on Thanksgiving morning for the 2003 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade™ to watch our dancers in the Mike Miller Dance Team along with the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. Keep in mind although the parade is on the three major networks that NBC is the only one that will feature these performances in their entirety.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Happiness comes of the capacity of feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed."
Margaret Storm Jameson (1891-1986) novelist and critic

"No task is so humble that it does not offer an outlet for individuality."
William Feather (1889-1981) writer and publisher

"Every step toward improvement builds the energy that contributes to a winning mentality." James M. Costello, chiropractor and leadership consultant

"Where integrity meets creativity, vision naturally grows."
Pat McHenry Sullivan, consultant

Thinking ahead to Christmas, if you are looking for a small, special gift for each of your team members, fellow teachers, etc, a great resource is Oriental Trading Co. They have thousands of different ornaments and special gifts that are affordable and have fast delivery in time for your upcoming Christmas parties.

Registrations are pouring in for our 2004 contests. If you would like to pre-register online, visit our ADTS Contest Page where you can connect to the Directors Corner  to pre-register your team. If you are interested in receiving a special discount for your 2004 contest fees, contact us.

Many times we must be reminded how to stay focused to meet the successes and victories of each day. Below is a great passage from "Dear Abby" in the 1991 Dallas Morning News that I saved. It really has meaning for me this week as a reminder to stay focused. I hope that it has the same meaning for you.

Have a wonderful week, a thankful and safe Thanksgiving, and, as always, please keep in touch. I love hearing from each of you and I personally answer every e-mail.  


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



This is taken from the Dear Abby column in the Dallas Morning News, Tuesday,
December 31, 1991.

Dear Readers:

My New Year’s column has become an annual tradition since 1973. These New Year’s resolutions are based on the original credo of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have taken the liberty of using that theme with some variations of my own:

• Just for today I will live through this day only, and not set far-reaching goals to try to overcome all my problems at once. I know I can do something for 24 hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

• Just for today I will be happy. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” He was right. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. I will chase them out of my mind and replace them with happy thoughts.

• Just for today I will adjust myself to what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those things I cannot correct.

• Just for today I will improve my mind. I will not be a mental loafer. I will force myself to read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

• Just for today I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll make an honest effort to quit. If I’m overweight, I’ll eat nothing I know to be fattening. And I will force myself to exercise--even if it’s only walking around the block or using the stairs instead of the elevator.

• Just for today I’ll do something I’ve been putting off for a long time. I’ll finally write that letter, make that phone call, clean that closet or straighten out those dresser drawers.

• Just for today, before I speak I will ask myself, “Is it true? Is it kind?” and if the answer to either of those questions is negative, I won’t say it.

• Just for today I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will look as good as I can, dress becomingly, talk softly, act courteously and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today I’ll not improve anybody except myself.

• Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it, thereby saving myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

• Just for today I will gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions.


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