Our Weekly Message for December 8, 2004

Greetings special friends,

I can’t believe that the days are zipping by so quickly and before you know it, everyone will be out of school for the Christmas holidays. I am a little behind on my Christmas shopping, as many of you are as well, but hope to wrap it all up by the weekend. Here is a team gift idea: www.orientaltrading.com has some darling Christmas ornaments that have a space to write a name for each of your students or office friends. They have quick delivery and great prices.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
“When you can’t solve a problem, manage it.” Robert Schuller, clergyman
“Think all you want. Thoughts are toll free.” from Bits and Pieces, November issue
“Personal excellence can be achieved by a visionary goal, through planning,
dedicated execution and total follow through.” Gerald R. Ford, U.S. President
“Don’t give ‘til it hurts – give ‘til it feels good.” Author unknown

Right around the corner is contest season as many of them kick off in January. Our first event will be January 15, 2005. Make sure to visit our web site (www.DanceADTS.com) and link to the contest page for a list of contest dates and locations as well as contest rules and information. Directors can pre-register their teams online under the Directors Corner. Congratulations to all the winning teams in the Iowa State Drill Team competition this past weekend in Des Moines. There were over 200 teams competing for state titles (www.isdta.com) Good luck this weekend to the Colorado High School Drill Team competition.

Also, for those Texas directors, don’t forget to register for the Texas Dance Educators convention in Houston January 12-15th, held at the beautiful Marriott Hotel on Westheimer (formerly the Adam’s Mark). You can register online at www.tdea.org.

Sometimes we take so many simple things for granted. Below is a special story about a penny. The penny has become a coin that we sometimes fuss because they take up so much room in our coin purse. However, the penny can have a profound meaning if we take the time to look at it. I hope you enjoy the story below.

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

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


The Penny

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about....

Several years ago,a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure.
How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She causally mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says." She read the words
"United States of America."
"No, not that; read further."
"One cent?" "No, keep reading."
"In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?"
"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust,"and had to laugh.
Yes, God, I get the message.

Pennies are plentiful....
And, God is patient
Have a blessed day!!


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