This is my second time attending the Toastmaster Meeting.
Toastmaster International is an international, non profitable movement devoted in effective oral communication. It helps people to learn the art of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self actualization, enhance leadership potential and foster human understanding.
2 interesting topics caught my attention – The virtue of being uncomfortable and The meaning of hunger.
It seems like an oxymoron.
Is uncomfortable a virtue?
Yes, it is if we know how to make use of it, said the speaker. Comfort is a destroyer. Comfort results in us resting on our laurels. Comfort makes us not wanting to get out of the comfort zone to seek improvement in ourselves! In short, comfort is not good. The virtue of being uncomfortable will put us in a state of perusing self improvements, to get out of our comfort zone to achieve higher standard of living.
The speaker ended his speech with a story about the starfish.
On a Mexican beach at sunset, a native was leaning down to pick up a starfish, one at a time, and throws it back into the sea.
A friend asks him “Good evening friend, I am wondering what are you doing?”
I am throwing these starfish which was washed ashore by the low tide back into the ocean. If I do not throw them back into the sea, they will die up here from lack of oxygen.
I understand, but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You cant possibly get to all of them. This is probably happening to hundreds of beaches down the coast. How can you possibly make any difference?
The local native smiled and replied, “It made a difference to that one!”
We must have heard the stories numerous times. But what is the moral of the story? It is not possible to make changes to the whole life, but any small change will make a difference to that one. It is not possible to help the whole world, but we can make a difference by helping people around us, our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
This relates closely to the other topic – the meaning of hunger.
There are about 600 million people living in hunger, of which many are children living in poor living conditions. World Vision is a is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. It serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Their work extends over 100million people in nearly 100 countries.
How can we help?
We can make the difference by sponsoring a child. The money goes to developing and addressing their fundamental needs, such as access to clean water, basic healthcare, education, nutritious food and increased security. In short, we are helping them to lead a normal life. For such a noble cause, how much does it cost? $1.50 a day or $45 a month. What can you buy with $1.50? A can of soft drink? This can of soft drink can help someone out there to lead a normal life.
Have you make the difference?