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

Doing The Right Thing

The person you love. –> |——–|——–| <– The person you hate (Ok, maybe just not like so much). Two labels. It’s easy to do the “right” thing to the person who wears each of those labels, isn’t it? Raise your friend up and tear your enemy down, eh? What happens when it’s not so easy to do the right thing, though? What happens when you have to tell your friend or loved one that they need to correct the path that they’re on? Tearing your friend down is never easy, is it? Discipline is never easy… from either side. It’s … Continue reading

Are You an Irritant or an Anchor?

Sometimes, I feel I am more a grain of sand than a rock – more of an irritant than an anchor. But, come to think of it, a grain of sand is at the heart of the pearl. Are you more of an irritant or an anchor? If we are able to transcend ourselves, devoting ourselves to someone else, or a cause greater than ourselves, then we might, at times, appear as an irritant (not doing the things that others would bid us to do), but it would ultimately be to our benefit, in finding our purpose in life. Not … Continue reading