Our Weekly Message for September 8, 2004
Greetings special friends,
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
"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
Joyce E. Pennington
BIG VICTORIES TAKE ROOT IN TINY SUCCESSES
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
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 Im a smoker, Ill make an honest effort
to quit. If Im overweight, Ill eat nothing I know to
be fattening. And I will force myself to exercise--even
if its only walking around the block or using the
stairs instead of the elevator.
Just for today Ill do something Ive been putting off
for a long time. Ill 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 wont 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
Ill 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.