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McHappy Life

Sun, 2010-05-09 23:19

Simple isn’t it. Life, I mean. It is the the one thing we all have to participate in it. I guess we could choose not to if we want, but then what’s the point. We all are given the same opportunity to lead a good life. Yes, no doubt that where you are born, the country, the economics and the time you are born all have significant impact on how you will live from day to day. But, the chance to choose to live fully is given to everyone.

There are the stories of people in every corner of the world that have been born into war, mediocrity, poverty and hunger yet still live extraordinary lives. Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Terry Fox, Richard Branson and my mom are all great examples of people that have lived well despite the hardships presented to them.

My mother during the second world war witnessed and survived the Blitz full on. She was shipped to the country side of England, separated from her mother, father and brothers. When the war was over and she returned to London the front of her home was gone. She could stand on the street and look at her home resembling more of a doll house then the family home she left. Most of the walls missing, destroyed by German bombs. She would live that way for more then a year, no washroom, shower or privacy. Today, she is a proud home owner and she is actively living each day.

Why is it we complain, whine and bitch about everything. We are SO lucky to live when we do and how we do. We are responsible for our own happiness. It’s now always easy. Unlike a McHappy meal we just can’t order joy. We need to make decisions that will help facilitate our own happiness. If you aren’t happy, then make the change. When you know what will change you from a negative attitude to a positive one, do it.

I too need to make a constant effort every day to make sure I am setting myself up for success. I need to put out what I want back. I need to attract the uninhibited joy into my life. This is my choice and it’s your choice. Make it. Stop complaining and start celebrating!

AC/a,!A”To attract something that you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you. The joy, not the thing, is the point.AC/a,!A - Martha Beck

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    Students were very engaged, enthusiastic and excited. Stu is hilarious…seriously. “Humour is never a bad thing” said one student.

    ~Annalisa Varano - Vice Principal - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
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    They say a great presenter “leaves them wanting more”. Well, we loved your presentation and the entire team asked me when you will be back! You are truly STUpendous!

    ~Nancy Klensch - Founder of Summit Kids
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    Stu is an energetic, entertaining and dynamic presenter. He captures is audiences’ attention and keeps the room engaged for the entire presentation! His stories in his presentation captures everyone at different points, even the teachers!

    ~Sara Meaney - Cobourg Collegiate Institute
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    Stu was great! Staff and students felt it really broke the anxiety in the building and we even got cupcakes today from one of the students.

    ~Carrie Rowlandson - William Aberhart High School, Calgary Alberta
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    Stu was fantastic. There is nothing better than seeing 600 adolescents laughing their heads off. He delivers a terrific message and has the entire audience engaged, thinking, listening and most importantly laughing within seconds, and he keeps it going for over an hour. Thanks again on behalf of the Shores!!

    ~Doug Woods - Vice Principal, Nantyr Shores Secondary School
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    Stu’s speech did exactly what I hoped it would do when I tried to bring him in: it brought the school together for a good laugh while empowering the student body to be the change they wish to see in their classroom. I feel he hit this goal perfectly.

    ~Steven Fotheringham - Oakville Trafalgar High School
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    I really liked how the speech really just seemed like Stu was telling us funny stories, but he always related it back to the overall message. It didn’t sound like a speech at all, it was as if he was just talking to the crowd. I would say that he is excellent in connecting with the audience and keeping them entertained. There was not a two minute period in Stu’s speech were nobody was laughing. He kept us amused throughout the entire presentation. I thought he was perfect.

    ~James Palloto
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    I would highly recommend Stu, his engaging personality was a real hook for the students and his messages were ones that many of them could identify with. The humour was great and the students shared that they enjoyed the presentation.

    ~Teresa Fowler - W.H. Croxford High School, Airdrie, Alberta
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    Stu is personable. Students are willing to listen to him. They enjoy listening to him. He has a message, but he is also entertaining. He is fun to listen to and students don’t feel talked down to or preached at.

    ~Tanya Lacey - McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, ON
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    I was at the OCA conference on May 6th, and I just wanted to thank you on being such a wicked keynote… you definitely put me back in the camp mindset and reminded me of what’s truly important about the up-coming summer. Once again, a job very well done.

    ~Emily Summers
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    The students really enjoyed Stu’s humour and low-key but critical message about getting involved and getting the most out of their High School experience. I would recommend Stu as a speaker who relates well to students, is funny, and gets the message out without preaching.

    Thank you,

    ~Lynn Toye