Think: He was one of my favorite speakers we've had, because he was really relaxed and he seemed smart and like he cared about the medical industry. I think its really cool that he stressed that he wasn't amazing at school, math or science, but he loves knowledge and so he found success as a doctor.
Feel: I feel relaxed and happy knowing that he was not sure what he wanted to do for so long, and tried so many different things and still ended up somewhere that was perfect for him.
Wonder: I wonder if I would be able to thrive within the medical community. I havent considered it much up until now, but he seemed so happy, it inspires me to consider a similar lifestyle. I honestly have no idea what I want (for anything.) seeing people who seem to have there lives in order is nice.
Chloe this is suposed to be the place for the talk from Mrs. Clarks father not tj's
I wonder if I still get credit................
I can really believe in what Mr.Pledger said about how the smallest choice can have a huge effect weather you want to or not. It was really interesting learning about what choices he made and what they ended up becoming and turning into. He explained how you can be any type of person living any life, rich or poor doesn't matter and it still has a huge impact and "Collateral damage". He said that his friend once told him " Drugs don't make you somebody, they make you someone else". This quote effected me the most. I think of it about how choices will not always give you the option you expect and what it will become.
I can think of moments where I have made a hard choice but nowhere near to what his choice led to!
Yeah, the chain reaction that that one situation caused is crazy to think about.
I think we can all apply what he taught to our own lives. At one point or another I'm sure we will have to make the same deaccession at a lower or higher scale.
I agree and also think that small choices can have a huge effect on things.
I think his presentation was very interesting and made me think back about the life choices I have that have made me who I am today. He talked in a way that was relateable to everyone.
I wonder what would have happened if he never went to that apartment or even if he never toke a hit even though he wanted to.
I feel like we make choices that would benefit us and what we want, but we never think about how they affect other people. Because we all have done something we regret in our past but we just think how it affected us. Like sneaking out, we get in trouble and our parents are mad but they were also probably worried about what we were doing as well.
Yea I wonder the same thing. How would he be today if he hadnt taken that first hit?
Yeah I wonder what it'd be like for him if he never went to the apartment too, I just know we could never change the past so I think it's a blessing in disguise for him.
I agree that his presentaion was very insightful and made me think about my past choices and choices that I will be making in the next couple years. I also liked the way you brought up how eveyone has done something that they regret becasue while that can sometimes be hard to admit it is a completely true statement.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to dwight’s presentation. There are very few people that i know that openly admitted to doing hard drugs. I was in fact surprised myself that he ever did such things. Dwight is a down to earth and charismatic person, if i had been approached on the street by him i never would've guessed that he was a drug addict. But drug addicts are not bad people. They are just good hearted people who are struggling to regain control. As a society its up to us to put a stop as well as help those you are still yeekin and freakin and tweakin.
It's a good point. However I'm sure Mr.Pledger looked a lot different while he was an addict.
I really connected to this.
My dad abused me at an early age and as a result I am now a whole continent away from him. On my Skype calls with him its good but there will never be the full relationship we once had.
My mom's decision to make him leave my life, my mom's decision to lie about it and say he left, her terminal illness, his violence and drinking, my loving stepmom, my sister. All of it corrupts our relationship so thoroughly that it almost makes me cry, sitting here. To think of what could be.
I said last year in public class reflection that my class mates where the main reason I would never leave the US. I cannot imagine a world without the abuse because out of it came beauty.
And without those drugs I would not be hearing a speech of redemption and choice, a choice to come back from the brink and to make the right decision. And where I come from will influence me. But I'm fine with my mom dying, because I have my classmates, I'm ok with my parents not always getting along with me, because I have new ones, and I'm ok losing all my older school mates, because they were jerks.
George-- you should be sharing your story just like Mr. Pledger is doing. I'm sure that you could give a great presentation.
Wow George, that was a beautiful connection. I can't believe that something like that happened to someone so out going and as lively as you, but I'm glad that you were able to look past the collateral damage and bad choices and settle upon seeing the good that came out of it. It must be difficult to look back at something that must have been very difficult for you, but I want to thank you for coming out and sharing your perspective with everyone :)
This was an amazing speech/talk! I think that he has so much power to change people our age and tell them about his life story. I think that how he spoke and interacted with us was amazing and really fun. This was one of the best speeches I have had and I really think that if I ever have to make a hard choice in the future I will hear his voice and remember his life story. I felt and feel very inspired by someone like this. It shows us how amazing humans are and how one choice can alter your whole life. I wonder what his life would have been like if he had not taken that first hit. Would he have had another problem or would his life have been perfect? One thing that is positive is how he lived through all of the pain and addiction and now he used his life as a warning to show us the power of choice!
I agree it's crazy how one thing completely altered his life's course. To think of how fragile life can be is really surprising as things can change so quickly with one little action.
I agree that he gave a phenomenal speech, and that his lessons have left an impact on us, to hopefully think carefully about the choices we make.
I think Mr Pledger was a very outstanding man, the story he shared with us was very moving and made me reflect about my life. I loved how he went into deep meaning about the power of choice and how choices can impact your life.
I feel that Mr Pledger gave me a different perspective on what the actual meaning of choice is. Any choice you decide to choose can end up being bad or good, and our job is to decide which is the best for us.
I wonder what would've happened if Mr Pledger never went into the apartment. I wonder how different his life would've been.
I agree, the way he described the power of choice really stuck to me.
I agree as well, he gave a phenomenal speech and his lessons will truly make an impact on us
Mr. Pledger was amazing to listen to. Everything he said was so heartfelt and I could tell that he was speaking honestly in front of us with no lies. He went through so many struggles, and took full responsibility as it was the power of choice. It is crazy to think that those 5 1/2 years of drug abuse stemmed from him going to his friends apartment and smoking once. It was really eye opening to see how he went from a comfortable life to wandering Oakland. It is amazing to see that something so negative can still have good come out of it, as he is now motivational speaking about it.
I think that it is very interesting and very powerful that he has owned up to it all and doesn't make excuses. He knows what his choices did, and he lives with them. Fully admitting them.
I agree, it's great that he was able to turn the situation into something positive,
I agree, I thought that him taking his life mistake and turning it into a way to help people is so great.
I thought that it was very interesting when Mr. Pledger was sharing his story with us. I completely agreed with his message: choice is powerful and any small one can affect you for the rest of your life. He was really enthusiastic and I really enjoyed hearing what he had to say.
I felt that we were very lucky an honored to hear such a talk. It was a very personal story, and the entire time I was speechless. He was a very good presenter, and I can definitely see where Mrs. Clark gets her personality and enthusiasm.
After the talk, I was really wondering what small decisions have affected me the most in my life. As far as I know, not too many have, but I'm sure there are some that have. I've never been in any of the situations that Mr. Pledger described, but if I do end up in one, I know that his talk will help guide me.
I agree, after hearing his presentation now I am questioning what decisions brought me to this point in my life.
Talks like this sit in our minds ready to guide us.
The fact that he addresses the physical and mental responses he had in his situation made it super real and really brought home that meaning of choice. I defiantly agree with you that this talk will help me make decisions in the future, knowing the power of what I can do with even those everyday choices.
Mr. pledger was incredible. I think he spoke so honestly and I think that everyone felt the weight of what he said. I feel that he is very lucky that his wife and family eventually forgave him and let him back into there lives. Its great that even after 5 1/2 years of him being gone. i thought that his words rang true about making choices, good ones, bad ones, and how when you mess up you sometimes have the voice the voice of someone telling you not to do that. I wonder if people make decisions based on there heart and or from there brain, and if they do whats better to listen to? I think that the decisions that mr. pledger made where based on both.
I feel like the majority of transformative choices, both good and bad, are made from the heart, not the brain.
Mr. Pledger's story was truly impactful and inspiring. His life story is one that I will not soon forget, and I am very grateful to have heard it. I think that although he was very "weak" for a part of his life, he is a tremendously strong man. To have overcome something as serious as an addiction must have been extremely difficult, as well as coming back and facing the consequences of his actions. Hearing about his battles and triumphs really made me reflect on life and how challenging it can be and how no matter what, there is always a way to change your current situation for the better. When he talked about how so many people think that addiction or other things will never happen to them I thought it was very interesting to think about as I had always thought that about myself. I wonder how hard it was for his family as well as himself knowing that he really hurt that relationship once he came back. I also wonder how the mother was able to snap back to normal with him and not once blame him for the events that happened to their family, as I feel like I would probably do that if I was in that situation.
I agree! Mrs. Pledger sounds like the strongest woman ever. I do not know if I could forgive someone like she did.
I think Mr. Pledger was a very talented speaker! You could hear a pin drop in the Commons. He had really relevant and beautiful pieces of wisdom to give to us. I left the presentation feeling like I had just been to a really powerful church service.
I feel like I can learn a lot from what Mr. Pledger said. He emphasized the ripple effects that can occur from one bad choice. Had he not decided to "try" crack, he may never have lost his business or his home, and his relationship with his son may have been less tense. But I feel like as terrible as his experiences were, they have since positively affected his life. He seems very wise, and he lit up when he talked about going with his ministry to prisons and rehabilitation centers. I feel like maybe, in the grand scheme of things, those six or so years of hell have made the remainder of his life much more fulfilling.
I wonder if Mr. Pledger ever has urges to use again. If so, how does he stay strong enough to resist those urges? I can only imagine how much discipline that must require.
I know what your saying how great of a speaker he was! Everything he said was full of wisdom.
he was so passionate about everything he said, you could tell in the ways he spoke, moved and told his story from beginning to end
I also felt that way, The way he spoke was very engaging the way he said things that made you want to listen to him because everything he was saying was true and great advice
Think: Mr. Pledger was one of the best speakers I think we've had mostly because of how much enthusiasm he had when he was talking, and partly because of his story, I thought his story was really great in that he tried to fix his life by making better choices. I loved his story and the piece of art he brought was amazing, and it really touched me.
Feel: I really feel like I need to be careful with the choices I make from this point in my life until the end because, like he said, the smallest choice you make, can have a big impact on you later in life. I feel kind of inspired, in a way, to make better choices.
Wonder: Mr. Pledger really made me wonder about how he would have turned out had he made better decisions in his past, for example, what if he never walked into that apartment and taken that smoke? What if he never walked out on his wife? What if, instead of five and half years, he stayed in Oakland for a shorter amount of time? These questions could have changed the man he is today.
Choices are very much like the butterfly effect, one small event can trigger an altered life.
Think: I think that this presentation was one of the most impactful things I have heard in a long time. This was a very important lesson taught to all of us, he showed that even the smallest choices can have the biggest consequences, whether they are good or bad. He made his life both a warning an and example to follow.
Feel: I feel that his story was something we all needed to here right now as we are currently in a very important and vulnerable part in our lives. We all needed to hear that even the smallest decisions you make can make the biggest difference in your life. It also shows that no matter how far "gone" you are there is always hope for you. I feel like this was something I needed to hear and something that I will remember for a long time.
Wonder: I wonder what addiction felt like, how bad is the need for a drug when it takes over your life and changes who you are?
I have a hard time understanding how someone becomes so addicted to something that they lose everything.
I completely agree with you, I think that his lessons will help us to become better people in the future. I too have wondered how addiction feels, but I think its more important that people understand that they're still associating something with negative words, and so that should mean that it must be that bad.
Think: I think this was an excellent story and presentation to have listened to. I can related to parts of his story because I have had a few family members and friends fall into similar addiction and watch their whole life fall apart. It was amazing how easy it seem to tell his story and to not try and hide his mistakes. All of his answers to any of our question were so deep, relatable, and made you think about wow I have or might not make choices I thought were one hundred percent good.
Feel: I feel that this made me rethink my life. I released that for most of my life I haven't been the one doing the decision making and rely on others to come up with the decision. It was amazing how many emotions were put into the presentation because at one point when he was going home I almost started to cry.
Wonder: I wonder how his wife forgave him so quickly even before he got into that car? How come people don't try to get help?
I think that Mr. Pledger is extremely courageous to admit all of the things he had done in the past, he was so upfront and he talked in a way that makes deep impressions. His whole presentation sounded like a slam poem to me, its like every line and word he said was quotable and made you think about your choices and how they effect the out come of your life.
I feel more enlightened on how choices good or bad, can change your life forever. I had never put much thought into my decisions, but now I really understand that everything I do has an effect on me and others.
I wonder how he doesn't let his regrets weigh on him, I admire how he has a framed picture that is a constant reminder of what he's done. I admit I almost started crying when I read the word regret at the bottom of the frame.
We are lucky that our teacher values real life and does not hide it from us.
I also agree it's not easy to share such a story but it just shows how he was able to turn his life around.
You are right! It did sound like a poem. I never though about that at the time but now I see
I really enjoyed watching him and hearing him about what choices he had made threw his life. He look like mrs Clark, beside that I was sad and happy to hear about his life. It opened my eyes to what I am doing in my life and the chocies. I hope what happen to him If it happent to me somone would still love me like the way your way was to him.
This was a really intense conversation. especially about such a tragic subject, but he made it lighter by laughing and smiling the entire time. I enjoyed the talk, and hearing the emphasis on choices, in particular I liked the quote, "no choice is still a choice." which with so many important choices coming up, (and my indecisive nature.) I will keep that in mind.
I know right... there was some pretty and heavy stuff in there deeper down...the presentation could have gone multiple ways, ways that could have touched the heart and pulled at emotions. But the experience was a memorable one and something completely new in retrospect to the topic of drug abuse
Wow. It was so amazing to hear what this man had to offer. Listening to the story of his life really moved me. It gave me the understanding of how choices can really change not only yourself but everyone around you. At one point I actually had to fight back some tears because it really struck me. I've made some choices that I look back at and feel horrible about but hearing how he was able to change and get better and turn his life back around has given me hope and the will to become better. I really enjoyed all of this but wondered to myself how could someone go through all of this and turn out so well. I think what he is doing and wanting to help people with their problems is a wonderful thing. Again I had such a great time listening to this and hope to hear something again from him.
I can really connect with what you said about there being hope for you and your past choices. While listening to his presentation I too felt deeply connected by some mistakes which I've made that have eaten away at me inside, but seeing how happy he is now and how he was able to be forgiven and able to move on filled me with hope likewise :)
Think: I think your dads presentation was powerful and inspiring to everyone, he was thoughtful and truthful through everything he said. I think you are a lot like your dad, you both speak with passion and just have an easy vibe to connect too.
Feel: I feel moved and inspired by what he said, I also feel smarter, we all have been told of what happens with addiction but we now have been told by someone upfront, also being told by someone whom is realted to our teacher (friend) makes the risks bigger and story sadder.
Wonder: I wonder how your mother could have forgiven him so fast, the woman was back in his arms as soon as he wanted her back and that is amazing. I want to be with someone like that, someone who can accept and foirgve me for any mistake I made
I agree. It is amazing how his wife took him back with so much forgiveness.
Mrs. Clark, you and your dad are both very similar in that you are such powerful speakers and motivators. The whole time he said things that were so meaningful and serious but there were also times when he connected with the audience and made us laugh. I really loved his presentation because of the fact that he was so open to talking about all the damage and bad things that he had done in his lifetime. And it wasn't just because he didn't mind exposing the ugly side of his life to a bunch of high schoolers, but it was because he wanted to use his life as a message to students that the choices we make can change the outcome of our future forever. I really enjoyed the way that he talked about his struggles because he also talked about what was going through his mind while in the midst of doing all of those wrongs. He used analogies to create such a clear image of what was going on in his life to a point that you completely understood what he was saying and what he experienced without having to be in the exact situation.
There was one part specifically when he said that there was two sides of his conscience pulling at both sides of him (when he was at the airport and saw his wife), one that leaned towards his addiction and one leaning towards the right thing to do. His addiction was telling him to keep away from his responsibilities and just keep going on with life as an addict but the other side overcame the addiction by telling him that he had to do what was morally right and take back his responsibilities as a father. What I was able to get from that was that there is always that good and bad side to how we chose to deal with a situation no matter the circumstance. And by the time that the presentation was nearing its end it became clear to me that in a situation like the ones that we shared in class, he was the perpetrator AND the victim of his own choices.
Another thing that I really connected with was the segment about "The truth about the lies" and how we constantly lie to ourselves about making wrong choices. It actually kind of threw me off a bit and acted as somewhat of a wake up call because I realized that I've told myself almost all of those lies without even realizing that they were lies. I feel like now I have a little bit more of a grip on reality and have a better and more clear judgement of making good and bad choices.
I reaaaaaally enjoyed that seminar :) I'm glad that that we were able to hear and see a glimpse of what life was like in the shoes of the man that changed your life and how addictions and bad choices sabotage the lives of many including the people around those making the wrong decisions.
Yes you both are spunky and exciting individuals. I also agree with Eli, when he metioned the things he was thinking about at the airport I finally understood that while he loathed the addiction he thrived off of it too.
This is pretty much how I felt about things, too. "The truth about lies" part really struck me, too. That was the one part I wished I had my notebook- I ended up taking out my phone to take a picture of the slide.
Mr. Pledger was an excellent speaker. He was engaging and vibrant as he relayed to us his story. Over and over again, he impressed upon us the idea that he had nothing to speak of. He had lost so much because he believed that he was above the average person, that addiction wouldn't happen to him. I was very impacted by this idea. I know that I believe that certain things won't happen to me, that they happen to other people, weaker people. But that is obviously not true.
I was the most touched by how Mr. Pledger described his wife. She took him back without expressing anger or bitterness. I am amazed that anyone could have that much love and forgiveness within them. I don't think that I could have done that, no matter how much I had originally cared about the person. I tell my friends that there are very few things they could do to hurt me enough to make me give up on them. However, this lady takes forgiveness and being steadfast to a whole new level. It blows my mind. And Mr. Pledger says she never once was angry at him for leaving. That leaves me a lot to think about and consider.
I wonder how the son felt about his mother taking Mr. Pledger back, just like that. If he harbored resentment towards his father, that must have been a point of contention.
I thought that today was very moving. It was full of passion and it taught me a lot of new things. I can say that after today, I now know where Mrs. Clark gets her very energetic and outgoing personality. It was very interesting to learn how much your life can change based on one single, small action. I do not see many people focusing on these small actions, mainly because I believe that when people make mistakes they can't blame them themselves. They are not able to do so because attaching your faults to yourself, would be to say that you will never be able to redeem yourself. I thought it was amazing that he was able to get in front of a large number of teenagers who were complete strangers to him, and the fact that he was able to tell his story so easily. He established how hard it was, but he always kept everyone's attention.
I feel like the whole presentation left an impression on me, and I did pick up on a quote from him that I do plan to start living by. "If you want to move on, if you want to make better choices. Let go of the past and move on." This really spoke to me because I have over the years made choices, some good, some not so good. The majority were really based on how I chose to perceive the people around me, and how I chose to see myself. These choices have put strain on friendships that I have had, but I never really considered that in order to make things right. I have to let go of the past, I learned that it's only going to hurt people, if they are reminded of whatever it is that happened.
Overall, I really enjoyed his presentation, not only did I learn from him, I also learned some stuff to help me be a better person and think more carefully about the choices that I really do have an effect on.
I also thought that Mr. Pledger was very skilled in public speaking.
I think that people can blame themselves for mistakes, but some either don't want to or they will try to justify them. He said in his presentation that each hard decision has something appealing in each option. But the one that you want, the one you desire, you will try to make excuses because you want it. So you'll do brain gymnastics to find away that it could be good. But if you look at each option plainly, you will see which one is best to make.
However, I disagree when you say that attaching your faults to yourself would be to say that you will never be able to redeem yourself. Just because you slip up, doesn't mean you'll always slip up. The probability of making the same mistake twice is very veryyy low. Yeah you can get discouraged and let your guilt get the best of you, but thats a mindset you chose to put yourself in. I think people don't want to take the blame because they don't want others to think they made a mistake, and they don't want to be wrong. Each minute of your life is a chance to redeem yourself. Redeem is a word meaning you need redemption, where in most cases, people just need to BE themselves and be confident in their choices and not give a flying freak about what others think
Think: I think that Mr. Pledger's story was very honest and incredible. The power of choice is astounding! His story was a valuable lesson and warning at the same time and I am glad we got to hear him speak today.
Feel: I feel that for Mr. Pledger to admit to all the things he did in his life and express his regret really shows his character. While he made mistakes in his past, I was continiously amazed by his words of wisdom and adivce he had. Being in a vunerable and important time in our lives I feel that it was motivational in the sense that I will think about it when making choices that are "ify".
Wonder: I wonder where Mr. Pledger got the courage to speak about his life mistakes, and has it helped him in his journey of the healing process?
Yeah I like how he was very vulnerable with us too! Especially when someone's giving a lecture on something like that, you have to give people a good reason to be vulnerable as well.
i think the honesty played a big part in his speech. He wash't looking for pity, He was just trying to inspire us.
I think Mr Pledger was very outstanding. His story was truly impactful and inspiring. To have overcome something as serious as an addiction must have been extremely difficult, as well as coming back and facing the consequences for what he did. I loved how he went into deep meaning about the power of choice and how choices can impact your life. After hearing all the battles he went through, it really made me reflect on my own life and how theres always a way to change your current situation for the better. I really wonder what would’ve happened if he never went into that apartment. Also I wonder what small decisions have affected me the most in my life.
I thought the presentation was interesting. I have always thought of the power of choice and the importance that it plays in peoples lives, and I believe that it is important for people to know. I feel that the stories and experiences that Dwight shared were very powerful and helped students and even teachers to see the effects that self lies can have on you. I wonder if the presentation helped anyone in our class/team to overcome anything?
I also think the power of choice is supper important because you can change your whole life with one choice
Think: I think that what Mr. Pledger spoke to us about today, was probably one of the most important things that a high schooler could hear. I think that it really hit home to a lot of people too. I think...I know that something like that where people are not comfortable with the decisions that they have made, it's awkward for them. I know it made me think of past decisions that have really effected my life.
Feel: I could really feel the emotion behind this. My father had done the same thing to me kind of. So hearing it from his perspective was awesome to me! I feel like I knew where he was coming from with his decisions not personally, but empathetically. I really felt sorry for him though.
Wonder: I wonder how his wife forgave him. I wonder what it's like to finally hit that moment of "clarity" like Mr. Pledger said.
I too wonder why, is love that powerful?
Think: I think he was probably the best guest speaker we have had. He was captavating and he was talking from true experience which made me want to listen much more.
Feel: I feel like this is the kinda of presentation we can all learn from and apply what he taught us to our own lives. I'm sure one day someone is going to have to make a tough chose like Mr. Pledger did and hopefully they will remember what he taught us.
Wonder: I wonder how his wife ever forgave him. Personally speaking I don't think I would ever forgive someone for something like that. She also didn't even hold it against him! She sounds like a saint.
What Mr. Pledger told us today, was so meaningful because it could apply and happen to anyone. He never believed that he would get sucked up into the drug world growing up, however it still happened because of a poor choice. He was at the top of his game but still had fallen into a cycle of remorse and abuse. He said that he had lost practically EVERYTHING, and felt that he was undeserving of any support given to him. He had fallen multiple time and faced multiple consequences because of his choices in life. But the things that he emphasized most were the powers of love, forgiveness and realization Even though he had abandoned his family to pursue the outcomes of the one life changing decision he had made so long ago, your mother had the power and strength to forgive him and restore their relationship to allow him to get back on his feet. Even when he returned to the family he still had his addiction, but he was on the road to recovery.
Hearing his story in person had more of an impact on us, and made me reflect not on myself, but the past relationships in my life that have had to be given up because of things like this. It made me sad, angry and frustrated with of the outcomes of my relationships with people. But it reminds me that anything is possible and that people still have a chance to bounce back, even after falling so hard to the point of believed nothingness.
Mama Clarks mama sounds incredible! I truly believe in the act of "killing with kindness" and he told us how much it worked! He wanted his wife to be mad at him, but her perpetual kindness made him think for internally and come to acceptance and acknowledgment of his addiction and regrets.
I've learned from this presentation that you can look at regret and become depressed, or you can take it as inspiration to change what you can.
I loved it!
You worded that beautifully! And I agree, it make so much more of an impact on me hearing him give an honest perspective on what happened and how he was able to get out of that vicious cycle.
I think that forgiveness is important, and I think that showing it and acting it is even more important, even if you haven't forgiven the person. People that keep anger and negative feelings with them after a large amount of time will probably never truly be happy until they let go of them.
Throughout his whole presentation, I kept thinking of a dear friend of mine, lets call him A, who i constantly found connections to with what Mr. Pledger was saying. A was raised by a single mom, has 7 brothers and siblings, and his dad left/ was forced to leave because of drug addiction. Those experiences as a kid made him who is today. I feel like people with a lot of experience are always amazing people to talk to. They are more understanding, and can provide valid solutions to problems. Mr. Pledger said many things that i think will stick with me for the rest of my life.
"Your life is a warning or an example to someone"
"If you don't plan to succeed, you're planning to possibly fail"
"If you don't know where you're going, you're going to go somewhere else"
"Deciding not to choose is a choice"
"The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too strong to be broken - warren buffet"
"Drugs won't make you somebody, they'll make you somebody else"
I have seen how drugs affect the people around me, I've seen addiction and I've seen withdrawals. To have Mr. Pledger come and talk to us honestly was amazing. Many people at HTH will never experience that spectrum of life, or they never have before. And often people think that druggies are always bad and will never get better, but Mr. Pledger's very existence was proof that a hard past can lead to an incredible future.
I shared what i learned with A, which I hope will help him stay away from the path his father took. I am incomprehensibly grateful that Mr. Pledger came to talk today. I asked him questions and I loved the answers, he really helped me. In life we are going be presented with hard choices, but you have to play each choice out like a movie and see which one will make a better movie. He helped me more than i can say, and I really hope he knows how big of an impact he's made on me, and on all those who hear his story.
I found the presentation to be very inspiring and memorable. One of my favorite things about the presentation was how he told his story. He was very enthusiastic at times but knew when to get down on the details. After hearing the story I had a slightly changed aspect on life. “collateral damage” as he said. Now I think about each and every choice I make more because that choice could spark a string of events that will change the course of anyone’s life.
Mr. Pledger's presentation today was probably one of the best ones I have ever listened to from a guest speaker. His stories, his reflection, his emotion, and his realness makes me think that he is a great speaker. I liked how he was not just standing, he was making us laugh, and making us sad, and making us feel. I feel like it was important on what he taught us about the power of choice, and I feel like after hearing his talk, I will be careful and observant with my choices, and think before hand. I wonder, he told about his story, he told us about the present, But I want to know a little bit in specifics. He told us he helps out others that could be in his past situations, but I want to know how.
I think I know where Mrs. Clark might have gotten her speaking gifts…Mr. Pledger. Mr. Pledger delivered a powerful, enlightening speech today which held the audience captive. I feel blessed when others freely share their lives that I may grow and learn from them. I wonder why inside of EVERYONE of us resides a weak person and a strong person?
Thank you, Mr. Pledger for being so real.
I agree, he was so natural on stage and is an amazing speaker! And I think your wonder is a question for the ages; philosophers have been thinking about the struggle of good and evil for years and years.
Think: When I was listening to Mr. Pledgers all I thought about was how deep it was. Everything he said about making choices, and that some choices could be either good or evil. His exposure to drugs and how that one choice had a huge affect on him. I felt that his story connects with a lot of people in the world today and hoe fast you can loose your loved ones and how fast you can loose everything. I wonder what made him change his life for the better and how he was able to continue to do drugs even though he had almost died?
Mr. Pledger's speech really moved me and I'm really touched that he would want to share something so personal and vulnerable like that with us. I was really inspired by Mrs. Pledger and how she was so forgiving and loving to him after all that had happened. I think that isn't something that is being taught or even respected in our culture because I hear lots of people our age saying that you shouldn't trust people or let them back in. But I feel that this presentation is an important example of why you should forgive people and try to reconnect if possible. But now I wonder how some of the choices I and the people around me make will effect us in the years to come.
It was very moving and I also liked that she forgave him. Forgive but don't forget.
This was the best speaker we have had all year. The emotion and sincerity in his speech is amazing ( now I know where Mrs.Clark gets her public speaking skills from). I like how he went step by step of how his life was from being good to all of a sudden descending into chaos. He not only explained his story but he cracked some jokes and had some fun with us. I loved his speech, thank you to Mr.Pledger and to Mrs.Clark for this amazing story.
I really enjoyed his humor too, it really shifted the mood to something light, even though he was explaining something deep.
Mr. Pledger is the most amazing, hard working, and insightful man that I have ever met. he spoke about how one small decision in your life could have such an impact on how the rest of your life plays out. His story is truly inspiring and had a great impact on people. I know that almost everyone didn't expect the direction of his story and how one poor choice affected his life. I am still shocked by the way his wife just forgave him without asking any questions or blaming him for anything. I think what he wanted us to keep in the back of our minds was to have a plan of how we are going to succeed, because if don't plan for success, you are accepting failure. I still wish that I could have stayed till the end of the presentation and asked more questions about his son and their relationship. Mr. Pledger definitely impacted me in a positive way and I am sure that other students feel the same way.
I think that Mr. Pledger is a very brave man to speak in front of group of strangers about where his choices lead him. He seems to have accepted his past and is trying very hard to teach others not to walk down the same road.
I feel that more High-schools should have a greater amount of people that have first hand experience with drugs, and their effects on life, speak to groups of students.
I wonder just how many stories of drugs do students in general need to hear in order for them to be deterred?
I think that Mr. Pledger is an incredible example of what a driven person is. Although something like addiction is horrible what he took away from it and his perspective on life is amazing.
I feel like he's an inspiration to anyone who is controlled by something.
I wonder how it would feel to beat addicition.
I thought that his presentation was very interesting and was a very compelling story. I thought that the focus of his presentation ,the power of choice was a great topic and it really made me think about the impacts of some of the choices I made. I thought that he was very honest with the audience and didn't hold much back. This gave me a lot of respect for the presenter and I really cared about what he was talking about.
When I herd his speech about the power of choice, i could feel the impact of some of the choices I have made in my life. Most of them are my regrets of me being arrogant and rude, and how I have lost all of my friends because I didn't think about what I was saying. I felt really sad when he told of his story of his choices and forgiveness. I have yet to be able to connect to his story so I could never say I understood.
I wonder how an addiction feels to be behind. Its hard to imagine the amount of denial or the lengths people go through without realizing where they are at or why they don't work to get out of it. I wonder how the mind perceives situations like these, but I do not want to find out.
I agree with your comment. I also think that most of us have made not so great choices in the past, but if we had not made them, would we not have learned?
Wow these comments are really good.
Like everyone else, I honestly enjoyed the presentation. He was very well prepared, in contrast to Mr. Accardi, but just as candid. His story was amazing, but what's more important was that he has a real lesson. He had something that was useful to us.
What was remarkable to me was that he was able to share such a sad story in such a lighthearted manner. I guess he's so far away from it emotionally that it doesn't bring him down. That, I think, is beautiful. It shows how much one can change, if you just start making the right choices.
He is a perfect demonstration of the domino effect. A single decision he made tore his life to pieces. It really illustrated the importance of choices to me, and it made me want to be at least a bit more decisive about things. "Not making a choice is making a choice" he said. He's very,very right.
Listening to Mr. Pledger was like listening to a motivational speaker. How we had such an amazing life and explained it in such great detail but then feel off the deep end during a chance encounter with drugs. From then on his life was an emotional joy ride as he slowly swam back up to the surface and finally escaped addiction and returned to his normal life.
I pretty much cried throughout the entire presentation as he talked about wasting his life and addiction. It felt relate able somehow.
I wonder what it must feel like being accepted back into your family after running away?
I thought his talk was really interesting. The power of choice is certainly a powerful one, and it makes you think about life in general. It's definitely important to think before you do things, and to know all of the risks and possible consequences, especially when making a risky decision. Personally, though, I don't think there's always a clear right and wrong choice. Making the wrong choice can be important, and sometimes the "wrong" choice doesn't turn out being so wrong in the end. Life has more gray areas than just right and wrong, and I think that it's important to acknowledge this. I think a person has to take the situation into account, and then make a decision based on a combination of their instinct and their logic.
Mr. Pledgers n was not only very impactful but also very engaging. I liked how open he was about his problem, and he didn't seem like he was running away from the problem or making excuses but instead being blunt and honest about his experience. Mr. Pledger's talk really made me think about the future choices I'm going make. Being a teenager a lot of the decisions are made in the moment and I don't typically think of the consequences years from now. However I learned how important it is to not only plan ahead but think of the people around me and how they will be affected. I feel as though this talk will stick with me throughout life and influence the future choices I make.
I think that life is a long journey. The speech we had yesterday was truly impactful on all of us. Mr. Pledger shared an incredible stories about his life and choices. I would never forget lectins I learned yesterday. Choice we make are making us.
I feel that something bad needs to happened in order for something good to happened. I feel I need to pay somewhere. However, I am my own created of destiny, Decissions we make are first steps in future. So we need to be careful. Though life that we heard about was an example and a warning like Mr. Pledger said.
I wonder Mr. Pledger can talk about all that. How did he admit his mistakes? How did he beat his own self. For me, it is the hardest part.
Such guilt and frustration with himself must of been very tough and it surprises me that he was able to pass that.
Mr.Pledgers presentation was very touching and shocking. I can't believe the struggle he went through and some how was able to come out of it fine. He is definitely one lucky man. I was not able to relate to his story directly very much since drugs has never been huge in my life, But the whole theme of making choices is what hit me. What seemed like such a small choice to him back when he saw someone doing drugs for the first time which ultimately let to his wrong doings is intense. Nobody would be able to read something like that happening and its scary to think about. Its possible that some or maybe most of us has already made a choice that might end very badly, but at the moment it all seems fine and that is what we can only think about.
I think that this was a very interesting presentation. He was really able to capture our attention and even with a heavy topic he was able to make us laugh.
I feel like this presentation was kind of opposite to the one yesterday. I think that think that this presentation made us all feel a bit more nervous about making the decisions coming up compared to the one yesterday that made us not as nervous. So right now I am not sure how I feel.
I wonder what choices I will face in the next months and what impact they will have on my life. I also wonder how I am going to adjust to having choices that will have a meaningful impact because I feel that the choices approaching me as going to lead what is to come in my life.
I think what your father talked about was real and opened the eyes of others. Even though some say I already know that, many don't put it into effect.
I feel that he was real and at the same time funny. The talk was eye opening and there was moment were I was like "Damn". It was very preachy and he said some quotes that I wrote down which were deep and good.
I wonder what would've happen if he had said no, also I wonder how his son felt towards him, did he really hate him or was he just upset that he left.
During Mr. Pledger's presentation I was feeling kind of close to home. I grew up around people who were in very similair shoes as he was. But, it was kind of backward where he lost his business then got addicted. Whereas people around me were already addicted then grew out of it and now own businesses. We have grown from the slums of naitonal city and city hieghts, logan all the way to living in wealthy nieghboorhoods now.
Do not know if I should post or not since I was absent. I will just say it was interesting.
I thought the talk was very interesting. I liked how he said everything is a result of a choice and we need to make the right choices. I wonder how he was able to get out that crazy back and back to life it was truly an amazing story. I feel like this talk was very benificial and educating about life itself because in school we rarely learn about life and living life.
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