Morningstar’s Summer Series, August 19, 2020
Greg Lewis was our Toastmaster this morning and had good reason to be on fire – the Penticton area where he lives has a raging forest fire nearby.
He had primed us well for this session by sending out in advance Ray Orbison’s Dream video. Greg started off with a complex triptych of rich, recent dreams, related to resettling in Penticton, outlining how it both intersected and linked to reactions, events and people, while both baffling and influencing him. Michael, knowing he would be attending this meeting where dreams would be discussed, complied by discussing an unsettling dream. Kay mentioned the expectations in a family when one member has strong, predictive dreams. Frank shared how his Not The Book Club group, like our Toastmaster group resulted in sharing a wide range of topics which often resulted in opening up, if only at first a little to very diverse viewpoints.
Robin’s poem demonstrated how insights from dreams can help sort out problems and find solutions. Michael’s dream led to a discussion about how to tackle difficult discussions, divisive ideas and with William making a compelling argument for how Toastmaster skills assist us in both putting ideas forward in the best way so they can be considered. Sandy told us about how her dream of making an impact in the world had come true with receiving a scholarship to work with a charismatic trainer who helps people get out of stuck-ness. Neil told us about how he was living his dream, keeping close to home and harvesting his own tomatoes.
In summary, the discussion was rich, touching and engaging, with diverse viewpoints raised, highlighting an important aspect of our group.
Greg was avuncular as our chair, and with his great insights. Greg’s closing words:
“THE DISTANCE BETWEEN DREAMS AND REALITY IS ACTION”