Point to Ponder
worth the distance!
I used these words in a
Facebook posting to refer to our recent trip to Vancouver with two
small detours to visit friends.Someone commented on it and it got me
Irene and I just came
back from a trip to Langley to see her aunt who is battling cancer.
We had such a great time with Eva; you'd never know she was doing
chemo and dealing with a short time line. Her attitude was so
positive and she had decided to return home and live as normally as
she could for whatever time remains to her. We hope that will be a
long time, but realize it may not.
While we were making
plans we heard from our friends Wayne and Brenda who live on Wood
Lake and Irene's long time friend from work, Charlene and her
husband Randy, who had just retired to Castlegar last month. Both
invited us to visit and we said yes.
Irene was able to change
things at work so we could leave on the Thursday morning and we were
able to spend most of the weekend with Wayne and Brenda. Wayne is a
very brilliant man and I've had the privilege of his friendship and
consul for many years. When I was first relocated to Alberta and
still teaching I would detour to his area on my way home so we could
spend part of the evening chatting and laughing. His amazing wife,
Brenda made me feel welcome when I would visit. I looked forward to
my visits with them. When Irene and I became a couple, I introduced
her and they welcomed her with open arms. Visiting with Wayne and
Brenda, whether for a day or a lunch became one of our favorite
stops along the way.
This trip we were able to enjoy time with them on their
floaties, shopping, and Wayne and I took a trip to Vernon for an
un-believable classic car street show. Some amazing cars; boy would
I love to go car shopping there one year! We even had movie night on
the deck. What a blessing they are in our lives.
This picture (right) is
me on Wood Lake enjoying my first float of the day. Picture (below)
is Irene and Charlene.
Charlene worked with Irene at the Research
Council for close to 30 years and they have a very close friendship.
When I entered the scene Charlene and Randy welcomed me as a friend.
Many dinners and a few outings were spent laughing and chatting. I
think Charlene misses everyone at work and was overjoyed that we
would detour down and back to Castlegar to visit. So was Irene, I
think she missed Charlene too. We had a chance to see their new
home, did the art walk downtown, and went for a visit to the beach
along the Columbia River behind the dam. Even though it was a short
visit, it was great to see them.
But, as I said on my FB
posting, "Friends are worth the distance!" When you
have good friends you don't mind a detour or two to see them. In
fact, you look forward to doing so because you enjoy the privilege
of their friendship.
Our jaunt to BC took us
about 3500 km, about 1100 more than just driving direct and back.
Those extra km were worth the distance because the friends we
visited were were the distance.
How far are you willing
to go for your friends? Who would go the distance for
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Summer is almost over and
with fall, perhaps your thoughts are turning to work. Actually, I
hope you have taken some time this summer to work on your business,
not just in your business or career. Summer is a slower time for me
as far as speaking and training. I use my summers to work on new
projects, new books, update websites etc. I am working through
some changes in how I present myself to better position and attract
the clients I want to work with in the fall.
Here's another dress for success
tip for you.
Co-ordinate your wardrobe to add
variety on the job or on the platform, without breaking your
budget. I travel quite a bit in my speaking. So, that's what I
have done to allow me to create several outfits without having to
carry too much.
Please notice what I am wearing today.
Your budget might not be able to handle an Italian tailored worsted
wool jacket and slacks like these. But...
For our male professionals, you can
easily go to Men's Warehouse or Moore's and put together a similar
look at a fraction of the cost. Select a well made, basic
black or navy blazer or suit and have it tailored to fit.
Add a co-ordinated pair of dress slacks,
or two, a couple of dress shirts, and a few different colored ties
and you have several complimentary outfits for work. Invest in a
good pair of shoes and keep them well shined.
Helps keep you fresh and builds your
credibility as a professional at the same time. Then, from time to
time, add another jacket, a pair of slacks, shirts, and
For our female professionals, you can
take a similar approach in selecting a tailored wardrobe of
co-ordinated jackets, skirts, slacks, and blouses.
I am working on an update to our In the Company of Leaders e-book to reinforce the
new branding that Toastmasters International will be announcing on
the 17th. More to follow, but we want to make it available to every
Toastmaster leader around the world as our investment or gift to
support their willingness to step up and take a leadership
role.We'll be uploading our first
couple of books (reader format) to Smashmouth this month. They take
care of submitting and formatting for Amazon and other distributors.
We'll let you know so you can try one of them and tell us what you
think. You'll find they are very well priced in this format. I just
downloaded a book for my Kobo that retails (print version) for
$21.00 and it cost me just $7.99. Once we have the format correct
for submissions, my intention is to revise at least one more book
a friend's new book which will be coming out this fall and will have
one of my articles featured in the 2nd issue of a brand new
e-magazine next month.
Also working on
recruiting a leadership team for our CAPS Edmonton Chapter to work
with when I am President in 2012. Our AGM and elections are next
month, so want to get as much in place as I can. Have been working
on speaker selection for 2012 to allow whoever takes on my role to
hit the road running.
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and I had a delightful trip to BC and fun visits with
some new thoughts on how to re-position myself to
better attract the types of clients I love to work
with in the future.
We have added this new Mid-month
Musings for 2011. Often Bob has ideas or motivational thoughts
that just can't wait. So we decided to add a shorter message
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