Your Arguing…

I don’t want you to agree with me on this.  I don’t want you to disagree, either. I want you to understand what it is that I am saying. Any person, with any amount of knowledge or understanding, can either agree or disagree to an argument that is presented. It doesn’t take a whole lot to do either. It does take something, though, to understand. An argument is typically defined as : a statement or series of statements for or against something : a discussion in which people express different opinions about something : an angry disagreement (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/argument) Think about … Continue reading

Phobia This, Phobia That…

You know what I really like about strapping the suffix “phobia” onto the end of so many words… The words actually begin to lose their meaning, or actually mean nothing at all to begin with. Phobias are clinical conditions, and those who suffer from real phobias, as opposed to imagined ones, are being done the greatest disservice by those who have political agendas of trying to shame others by their use of words on a public that is unenlightened about the impact words actually have on the human psyche. If more people actually took the time to expand their vocabulary … Continue reading

Your Path IS Your Goal

When we are on the path of growth, we are already at the goal. Each day brings many goals. The goal to be a better person. A smarter person. A stronger person. A wiser person. A more loving person. A more patient person. At the end of the day, where have our paths taken us? And, there is no perfection. There is only another step toward becoming whole. This wholeness will never be achieved, though. But, this is countered by the fact that when we are on the path of growth and we strive for all of those characteristics, plus … Continue reading

The Words We Offer, The Gifts We Give

Ok, so after a week of working on the computer, and preparing for a speech contest, I’m able to get back on and put up a post.  This post is about a speech that I’m giving in the Toastmaster’s International Speech Contest. It’s a direct result of the work that I am choosing to do with helping people to understand how things affect their lives, as well as how their lives affect the environment (including other people). Words are probably (in my estimate) the greatest influence in our lives, after we begin to learn how to use them. Hence, this … Continue reading

A Toast To Toastmasters

Standing naked, before people… Quite often, that’s how people dream of public speaking, or rather, the nightmare that people have about it. Toastmasters is the tonic for that problem. I’ve been a member of Toastmasters since November, 2010. My life, at that point, wasn’t going in the greatest direction. I took up with Toastmasters, almost on a lark. I saw an ad on Craigslist that said, “Would you like to learn to speak? Come to us, we’re Toastmasters.” Since my life was in a shambles and I didn’t have a lot going on at the time I thought I’d go … Continue reading