Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
What a long, dreary winter we've had! While I am not prone to the blues simply due to the lack of daylight during the wintertime, I do admit that my motivation and energy level droop quite a bit over the long months of perpetual sub-50 degree temperatures. Thank God for springtime and renewal! Already since the calendar officially declared the spring season last month, I have felt a new drive and desire to excel at several things in the immediate future. Apart from merely mimicking the weather, I believe that my newfound drive is due to more diversification in my life: I have enjoyed reviving latent talents through participation in my church's music and drama ministry; I have been running several days a week; and I'm looking forward to family events such as my brother's homecoming from Africa in May as well as our big "Arnebash" family reunion in July.
How does this relate to juggling, and specifically, the Juggle Jam? Well, as Wendy has frequently counseled me, I need to remember to nurture my talents and interests outside of the juggling program, both for my own good and for the good of JUGHEADS. Such balance gives me more energy and desire to be the best coach and director I can be. As the pioneering group of Jugheads grow older, I recognize their need to diversify their activities. Eventually, some will have to drop out due to excessive demands of homework, sports, music, plays and jobs, but perhaps a few, like me, will experience seasonal and personal "second winds" to continue juggling in whatever capacity is possible. That's precisely how I've developed this career: learning to balance my own needs; programming for the kids' needs, and seeking second winds to keep things fresh and finish strong each year.