Choices

We are the sum total of our choices.- Woody Allen

That was a quote a Toastmaster read as part of his inspiration,  a quote that his mentor had passed along to him. This individual went a step further and added the phrase “although we may not always like those choices…”

How fitting, I thought. Unwittingly I started compiling a list of all memorable choices in my life.
– Choices that I had regretted.
– Choices that I still regret.
– Choices in which I had no choice, but after I had made said “choice” I was promptly informed it had been my choice all along.

I started to wonder what it would be like to go back and change all those choices. But then I thought about what kind of a person would I be if I had taken another road. Would I be nicer, meaner? Would I be more naive, or wiser? Would I be more positive or more jaded? If I “succeeded” and had made the choice I had wanted…would I view it as such?

Not so easy to re-envision, is it?

In the end, I have to sit back and accept the fact there will always be choices in my life I wish I could go back and change, or wish I had done differently. But for better or for worse, I am who I am through the choices I have made.

The Next Generation

The District 21 Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contest has wrapped up for another year!

Although I am a bit sad to see the trophy go to another (much more deserving) Toastmaster, it was such an enjoyable morning filled with missing digits, hockey pro mentors, and old fashioned pregnancy tests.

A special congratulations goes out to the Humorous Speaker for 2013, Jason Jantzi of Golden Eagle’s Toastmasters! Jason told the audience of a harrowing epic (and still ongoing) battle between man and tree in his speech titled, “Autumn Rant”. It was full of wit, impeccable timing, and I wasn’t sure who to feel more sorry for, Jason or his tree.

Congratulations to Jason Jantzi! May you have a wonderful laughter filled year ahead of you.