Point to Ponder

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain
When I joined Toastmasters in April of 1991 (21 years ago) I was picking up the pieces from a devastating divorce that had left me battered, bruised and, perhaps, broken. I was rebuilding and this 'silly' dream of becoming a professional speaker re-emerged.
(Bob pictured here as the Star Ferry arrives on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour. The Hong Kong skyline is what you see in the background.)
It had long been suppressed and dormant. As I began to dream, it came back and called to me... follow your path, explore, dream, discover.  Like this quote from Mark Twain, I began to move out of my comfort zone into the winner's zone.
I joined Toastmasters of Today back in mid-April of 1991 (21 years ago) and found a group of supportive people who encouraged me, educated me, engaged me, and helped me push past my fear into making my dream of 'Speaking my way around the world' a reality. Thanks seems so inadequate for where that journey has led.
Irene and I just returned from 5 weeks of travel that took us to Hong Kong twice (my 35th country) and a return visit to Australia (my 3rd, her 2nd) where we felt the sand between our toes.
We cried as her daughter Amanda and Michael exchanged vows (April 4th) on Blue Holes beach outside of Kalbarri, Western Australia. What an amazing backdrop for a wedding.
I also had the opportunity of presenting my Speaking for Success workshop in Perth on April 14th, where 71 people invested a Saturday afternoon to learn how to be more persuasive and powerful speakers. What an amazing and responsive audience.
Several of those who attended gave us an evening tour of Freo (Freemantle to the tourists) where we were staying following the event. We had drinks in one spot, dinner in another, coffee again on 'Cappuccino Row' and wine at another spot on the bay to finish the evening. Thanks guys!
The D17 incoming District Governor, Ross started a conversation as to how they could recruit sponsors to be able to cover the costs and have me come back next May to speak at their convention. I said, I would be open to coming back. So we will see.
We did some sailing, took a few cruises, lots of beach time, played tourist, saw the dolphins again in Monkey Mia, and even flew to a small island (part of the Abrolhos chain) 60 kms off the coast of Geraldton to spend part of a day exploring, snorkeling, and relaxing. That was a highlight for sure. I even got to fire the ceremonial one o'clock cannon at the Round House in Freo. Overall, we had a great time.
We also flew to Melbourne, Victoria to spend a couple of days with my friend Lindsay Adams and his wonderful wife Debby to celebrate my birthday. (pictured here)
I first met them when Lindsay was the 2009-2010 President of the Global Speakers Federation and we got to know each other better when we both spoke at PSA Holland. We had fun and built on that friendship.
It was wonderful to be away and to spend time with friends and family in Australia. But, I have to admit we were glad to come home too.
Hong Kong was amazing and is now on our 'let's go back' list
This past year has had its challenges as well as its very pleasant moments and successes. It has been an adventure we've been pleased to share with you.
Our May 2012 issue marks the beginning of our 8th year of publication. That amazes me. Who knew? We look forward to sharing more adventures as we grow and go over the next year.
See you in June.
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." Miriam Beard  
(Bob pictured above during his Speaking for Success program in Perth.)

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Last Minute News

May will be amazing. Catching up on work and such after being away from the office for 5 weeks. This has been a great opportunity to break from the routine and start seeing how it will be when Irene is retired and we can take more time away, especially in the winter months. I made a conscious effort to minimize the time I thought about business and CAPS, other than the program in Perth and answering a few client enquiries. It was a nice break!
I'm off to Montreal on the10th to speak to our CAPS Chapter that evening and then taking the train over to Ottawa on Friday as I speak for our CAPS Ottawa Chapter on the 12th as well. Will be doing a program on product development called: Gee, I'm giving birth to a book - hope it isn't a hard cover, at both chapters. Will also be doing this program for our South Western Ontario CAPS Chapter in September. Sadly it means I miss a second month at our CAPS Edmonton chapter.
We're going to spend some time at our place in Egremont getting it set up for the season. Pull out all the lawn furniture, etc and rototil so Irene can plant her garden. Have some work for a couple of client events to fine tune and back to writing projects to fill the gaps. 

Thanks for reading

Bob and the D17 Toastmasters Leadership team in Perth, WA
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May 2012

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Had a wonderful visit and adventures in Hong Kong and Australia.
The Wedding was amazing and Bob's Speaking for Success program in Perth was ver well received.

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