Monday, April 30, 2018

Diane Law's Ode to D51 AC2018

On Sunday, Elite Toastmasters Club's Diane Law stepped forward to deliver an ode to delegates at the D51 Annual Conference 2018.

It was beautifully crafted and eloquently expressed. And it touched us all.

Here is her sharing:

They said welcome to the conference 
Where everyone has come from a distance 
Attending not in absence 
But only to share our essence, with our presence 
There was a moment of governance 
Which is of relevance to us as leaders 
Where we gather to vote 
So that one may dote 
As they devote and promote 
What this organisation stands for 
Integrity, Respect, Service, Excellence 

There was a moment of Diamond and Denim 
Where one could shine and blossom 
Where nothing seemed random 
And it only inspired freedom 
When I arrived famished 
I was astonished that I could replenish 
From one to the other meeting another 
Engaging in banter and sharing laughter 

Lest we forget the speakers 
Who are the bearers 
Of only good news 
Eveready to make us better 
Reminding us that if we falter 
There is always an answer 
We start off with the power of stories 
Learning to be VIP 
And eventually use RSVP 
Learning to SIFT 
So that we transform the insignificant into the significant 
To find our gift, so that we uplift 
By speaking, serving and sharing 
But most importantly that confidence, 
Is being comfortable with silence 

Another who shared about the unwritten rules, 
On how to play the game 
Not for the fame, 
But to proclaim our claims 
Reminding us, 
Presence is the shadow that precedes you 
That it is about people competence 
Being 7-11 in our judgement 
Not for amusement, 
Not for defilement, 
Not for harassment, 
But for employment, commitment and achievement 

There were also the six controversies 
That seemed like a tease 
And yet we learnt with ease 
That it is after all not about projection or tradition 
But intention 

There was a moment for installment 
So that we recognise the old and the new 
That we shed tears of joy 
And yet still be coy as we enjoy 
The essence of being a toastmaster 
Not to be an elder, but to cater 
To our community and humanity 
Where real men don’t cry, but leaders do 

Followed by speeches from not speakers 
But orators 
Who deliver to capture and inspire 
With the asking of which way 
This way or that way 
To remind us that we are not good for nothing 
But good at something 
That there is a power of attraction 
Just ensure there is no procrastination 
That empathy makes us easy going 
And not egoing 
That we don’t sing, because we are the band 
That can never disband 
But only expand 
And that we live our life like a song 
Not to be headstrong, but to belong 

Welcome to the conference 
Where everyone has come from a distance 
Where we will leave with radiance, resonance, and remembrance 
To all that has been done, said and prepared 
I only say 
I have stood up, I have spoken up, I will shut up, and I will sit down 
And with this I withdraw, in awe. 


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