Since we were younger kids, almost every activity has had two essential elements . . . performance and recognition. As we mature, activities may change, and the balance of the “Look at me!” and “Way to go!” comments may become one-sided a bit. Both elements are important and one will not survive without the other. The performance doesn’t have to be the big game, it can be small steps that we take toward a goal. The recognition doesn’t have to be headlines, it can be as easy as a kind word. So, as we begin to plan for a new year of performances, whatever they may be, and as we give the recognition to others for their efforts, let’s remember the activity! Plan to join or support an activity soon!