Our Weekly Message for September 8, 2004

Greetings special friends,

I hope that your first football half-time was a great success and headed into another week of school. It is hard to believe that people are already thinking ahead to Contest Season but that seems to be the subject of the moment. It is never too early to start thinking about contests, especially if you plan to travel. Travel costs and plans as well as fundraising must be a top priority for booster club meetings and administrative approval. Make sure to visit ATS Tours & Travel for a bid for your next team trip.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and freedom."
"The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him."
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieve the impossible."
"When you don't have a grip on life, it will definitely get a grip on you."
Jewel Diamond-Taylor, motivational speaker

For those who are needing to resource companies within our industry, DanceUSA Home Page - dance, drill team, pep is a great resource with hundreds of links to various companies in our industry including uniforms, costumes, props, fundraisers and camps. Make sure to bookmark it for future reference when searching for the right company to meet your needs.

The road to success starts one step at a time. Below is a passage from the "Dear Abby" column that was a regular in many newspapers for many years. This one is from 1991 but has some powerful words that will set our minds into motion toward success this week as you begin a new school year. I hope that you are inspired as I was.

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

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



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

Dear Readers: My New Years column has become an annual tradition since 1973. These New Years 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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