Happy Independence?

On July 4, the United States of America celebrates its Independence Day. Many countries around the world, celebrate their Independence Day on other days. Among the 160 countries around the world that have an Independence Day, or similar day, Jamaica celebrates its Independence Day on August 6, and in Guyana it is May 26,. In Canada it is July 1,. In Mexico it is September 16, and in Rwanda it…

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In Pursuit of Excellence

Excellence is the Elixir on which but few imbibe… but they are very selective in welcoming others to their tribe… The weak and frail in body may surprisingly enter in… but the weak and frail of mind will never their approval win… But what I can safely say is that many of the people you know, will never wear the badge of “excellent”. Hopefully, that does not apply to you….

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Begin Where You Are!

“Begin where you are” may sound profound, but only because so many people try to begin where they are not. Memories sometimes play tricks on us, and we imagine that we are today what we used to be. On the other hand, optimism and ambition can cause us to imagine what we would like to become. Both are illusions, perhaps even good illusions, but distortions of our present reality. The…

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It’s Never Too Late

Perhaps a loved one or a teacher may have encouraged you with the words, “It’s never too late”. Like so many other things, “never too late” is not always true. It is always too late to make a first impression, the second time you meet someone. And it is always too late to avoid the unintended consequences of our actions. Fortunately for all of us, in some very important areas,…

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Evil Thrives Easily…

For evil to thrive, all that good men and women need to do is nothing.  I am challenging you the good men and women of this country to find a way to make your voices heard against any atrocity that is perpetuated in your name by our elected representatives. Make no mistake, politicians are elected to represent the people and to act on our behalf. When our Government implements any…

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Create by Example.

Dorothy Law Nolte has famously written, “Children Learn What they Live!”   Among other things she says, If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with sharing, they learn generosity. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. And so it is true that children learn what they live. But it is also equally true that children live…

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Live Past Your Past

To a very large extent, our future is influenced by our present, and without a past, there would be no present. In a very profound way, our past, present and future are all interconnected, and without our direct intervention, could easily become a straight line for better or worse, and usually for worse. Some of us are specially blessed to have a past of which we are totally proud.   Most…

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Start With the 1st Step

Most people want to succeed, however they define success. By the same token, most people will say that they are not successful, or at least not as successful as they would like to be. Quite often they still are cherishing the dreams they used to have, but they are so far off course, that frustration has now gotten the better of them. Then they meet me… and almost in a…

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To The World…Your Stage!

                     This is my first public expression of appreciation and gratitude to all my Toastmasters leaders, friends and colleagues in Districts 47 & 81*, who, in one way or another,  directly or indirectly contributed to my truly memorable Vancouver Experience at the 2017 World Championship of Public Speaking. We did not produce the World Champion… this time.   But take my word……

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