Our Weekly Message for May 26, 2004

Greetings special friends,

This will be the last weekly message until the end of summer. I hope that each of you have a safe and relaxing summer and find the joy in sharing time with your family. Weekly messages will resume at the end of August when everyone returns back to school. Keep in mind that you can resource past weekly messages on our ADTS Archives page.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"Ask more of yourself than anyone can ever ask of you, and that way you will always be prepared for whatever is coming."
Darrin Dewitt Henson, actor and choreographer
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden, basketball coach
"There is but one secret to success – never give up."
Ben Nighthorse Campbell, U.S. Senator
"Common sense is not so common."
Voltaire (1694-1778) Philosopher and writer

Below is a special passage called, "The Rose." It has a powerful message of friendships and how be treat others around us. I hope that it has an impact on you as you venture out in the coming months of summer.

Have a great summer. We will return with our weekly messages when you are back to school. If your e-mail address is changing, please let us know. Please keep in touch over the summer.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Teamฎ


Parable Of The Rose

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully. Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw a bud, that would soon blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant, burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose. The 'God-like' qualities planted in us at birth, growing amidst the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.

Some don't see the rose within themselves. It takes someone else to show it to them. One of the greatest gifts, a person can possess, is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the truest, most innocent, and gracious characteristic of love.... to know another person, including their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and yet still help another to realize they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Only then, will they blossom, and most likely, blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold, as it's given to them.

Our duty in this world, is to help others, by showing them 'their roses' and not "their thorns." It is then, that we achieve the love, we should feel for each other; only then, can we bloom in our 'own garden.'

~Author Unknown~


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