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What's in a day

Mon, 2012-01-30 22:22

I am writing this to talk about a day. One day. Today, tomorrow, next thursday, March 11th and December 6th.

Any day, not yesterday, The day now and the day coming up. It’s really amazing. What happens in a day. Your day.

Today, 378,000 iPhones will be sold and 371,000 babies will be born. Today, 21,000 children will die and 121 (in the US) people will die in a car accident. In the next 24 hours there will 115,000 marriages and about 50,000 divorces filed. On this day 1500 people will die of cancer in the US alone and over 38 million dollars is spent on coffee which is more than five times what is spent on researching cures for disease.

Lots happens every day. Today someone will come home and find out they are dying at the same second another will find out they are pregnant. There are some today that will meet someone that will change their loves forever and some you will say goodbye to for the last time.

Today you will make a choice to act or a choice to wait. Those choices will have good and bad effects on your future. This day may be the first of many or the beginning of the end.

How do you spend a day? Do you watch TV or do you read a book? Do you kiss someone goodnight or do you tell someone off and slam the door? Will you spend time with your children, ask about their day and share yours or will you put them to bed during a commercial break? Today may be a first or it may be a last. It could be something you create or something you let go of.

Each day however is a gift. It’s also for some a curse. One more day with pain or anguish. A day wondering if a child will live or die. Today someone will propose and someone will disappear. Today is amazing. Today is terrifying.

What it should never be though is taken for granted. Nor should the people in it. May the ripple you create today wash over those in your life like a warm current. May you take a moment and stop. Breathe to yourself and say thank you. This is your chance to be amazed and be amazing. To play, to run, to walk, to help, to cry, to embrace, to lead, to learn, to change, to sit or to stand.

On this day, live. Fully. Completely. With passion, forgiveness, care and carefree abandonment. Be the you that you can be. Thank who you should thanked and say sorry to who you need to. Apologize, forgive, hold and be. Here. Now.

Death is right there. So is the beginning of Life… on this day.

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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