Recognition – not cognition; I mean re-cognition, recognizing something we already know – or forgot we’d known. Recognizing it from today’s circumstances, today’s tangential view rather than how it was before, when we learned that thing before.
I look back and wonder, what great things I could do if, today – right now, I was 40. I would have youth I had then, knowledge I have now, energy and drive I had then, perspective I have now, add some capital, courage and technology of today and WOW – what I couldn’t do!
What I couldn’t do?
Hanging there in the air, like a balloon in a cartoon.
What couldn’t I do?
Some things requiring education I don’t have, physical capabilities I’ve lost (or never had) are really my only limitations, right? What else stands in my way except for me?
Congratulations Mark! You had me laughing all throughout. That was the most creative speech, I have seen so far. Even when you told me at the break that you had a costume in your suitcase, I did not imagine anything like that! I would easily replace Robin Williams with you if I ever directed a film! I have had the pleasure of watching you in international contests a few times. You always have a moving and a heartfelt story to share, GN, Calgary, AB
Mark, a Silver Medal is worthy of lifting your big heart as much as any dose of epinephrine. Just making sure you honour your participation and contributions as they are worthy. Some of us were sitting on our couches watching golf and drinking coffee & Amarula, while you were adding to life, JF, Calgary, AB
What matters in life is how you view your accomplishments. I am sure it was a wonderful tribute to your friend..an opportunity never to be available again. No regrets, I am sure, CG, Cobourg, ON
A 2nd place finish in a Humorous Speech contest is spectacular. You know how difficult it is to write comedy? and humour? – well, actually yes, you do. Well done. Congratulations. It is having the confidence and pluck to get up and face the crowd – I know you do it often but still it takes guts and grit. Smile and be happy. You are in that, less than 1% of the population, that would have the ongoing drive and determination to do what you do – revel in it. Celebrate it, RT, White Rock, BC
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