Been doing some of these each day this week, splicing my attention and intention, part message ~ part performance, part storytelling ~ part pandering to crowd and judges for points, to score highest to advance to another contest, another stage, another day.
Tomorrow is ‘big contests day’ in my Toastmasters community – competing in my Division, A, in two contests. High-hopes of advancing to District competitions in May. Competition will be keen – always is at these advanced levels.
I ask others for help because self-critique is difficult when you get caught up in your own material – hard to grasp the theoretical of how an audience, caught by surprise, will react, respond and whether judges will score you high or low. I used to worry about competitions – but there isn’t much you can do about that except to be well enough prepared to win against the best competitors on their best day, otherwise you don’t deserve to win.
I understand now that "normal" never existed in life. It is in constant Flux sometimes, takes us to a nice situation sometimes not so great, the path is uncertain. Be bold, enjoy and take action practice kindness. My goal now is to be satisfied, comfortable not preparing to die but be ready at all times, AG, Cancun, Mex
Loved this. From the Heart and Gut. Life is too short to be anything but normal. Keep going strong Mark. Thank you for including us in your struggles with the loss of a great Friend. No doubt he is looking down with approval. Cheers my Friend, MJ, Calgary, AB
Good questions! Life is how we create it. The only thing we have control over is our attitude... Love every day and everything about it. Keep thinking, YH, Calgary, AB