This post was written by PJ Reece, President and today’s Toastmaster
Our quizmaster this week, Sheila Cameron, asked: “What does Toastmasters promise?”
There were a few attempts to recall the official promise we utter when inducted as members—to attend meetings, fill roles, and so forth. Later, I realized that Sheila was referring to my introductory remarks as chairperson. I had suggested that first impressions are a promise. A guest shows up and is immediately impressed (hopefully) by what?
Friendliness, enthusiasm, intelligence, humour, sincerity, opportunity…and, this week, breakfast. Alas, we can’t promise breakfast every week, but “You will be fed,” I said.
That’s a Morningstars’ promise—you will be nourished, you will be fed.
I think that’s the answer Sheila was looking for.
Had Sheila then asked, “Were we fed this morning?” I would have answered, “Do dogs bark? Does Edith Piaf sing?” You bet we were nourished. Let me explain:
John Gaudaur spoke about dogs’ eyes. “What does Bowser see?” asked John by way of an introduction. Apparently dogs aren’t much interested in television because their sight is so “fast” that 24 frames per second is too slow for them. That and the fact that TV has no smell. Clearly no doggy-nourishment in a sterile box. I don’t think anybody in the room is going to look at Bowser the same again. Well done, John!
Patricia Hetherington then spoke about “carpe diem.” Just do it. And above all, don’t look back. No regrets, please. “Je ne regrette rien,” sang Edith Piaf. I regret nothing. Well, Patricia speaks from experience. Her passionate life is all the evidence you need that even mistakes nourish the organism. Patricia is in constant bloom.
Regrettez rien—it’s a slogan worthy of a Morningstars’ banner. It means, stand up and deliver, give it your best shot and no need to apologize. Why? Because even before you leave the hall you’re already working on strengthening your weaknesses. Each of us is a work-in-progress. When I see someone like John Gaudaur grow and improve and bloom as he is, well, I’m nourished by it.
We’re a group of many individuals, but we can’t do this alone. We are evolving together.
That’s not a promise, that’s a fact.