Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Run Out of Money

Do you know that it now costs more than £100 to fill up the 70-liter tank in a typical family car in the UK? As fuel prices in the country spiraled upwards, Chancellor George Osborne made it clear to Britons that they must accept the painful truth – that the country has 'run out of money'!

I wonder if Malaysia will face the same fate since the BN government is spending money as if there is no tomorrow?

Last evening, I was at the MidValley Toastmasters Club for just one reason – to watch a club member, Jane Lee deliver her contest speech. She had requested me to help prepare her for the International Speech contest and against my better judgment, I had agreed. I do not believe in short-cuts but anyway, since I had agreed, I tried to do what I can in this short stretch of time. I was not expecting a miracle but having said this, Jane did well enough – to my mind, she has shown improvement if I were to compare yesterday’s performance with the speeches she had made before at the club.

To be honest, when Jane finished speaking, I wasn’t too thrilled. I must share part of the blame. Still, I was glad to receive an email from Moses Wong (another club member and also contestant) which said: “…A few of us remarked that Jane did very well with her speech. She was poised, articulate and confident – and her speech was well written. Though she floundered towards the end. Thanks Victor. No surprise our members look to you for mentoring and support.”

Mary Pickford once said: "If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down". I am positive that Jane will make another fresh start. She wants to improve. I know that she knows – there‘s still a lot for her to learn and she has to invest even more time and energy to be a better speaker. I can only urge her to go for it!

As I typed the above words, I too realize that these same words are also meant for me! I have found a truth – that we can all learn to speak better if we put our hearts and minds to it! I, for one, will try – for in trying, I look to the future because as George Burns said, that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life!

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