This is the second speech from competent communicator manual. I shall give the objective/guidelines soon.
Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with Rs.86,400. It carries over no balance from one day to another day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every rupee? Of course!!!!
Good evening Mr. Toast master, Fellow toastmasters and welcome guests,
Each one of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with
86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this we have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for us. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If we fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is ours.
Unhappiness lives in the past and the future; there is no unhappiness in the present. What are you unhappy about? Is it about something that might happen in the future or something that happened in the past? When we spend time regretting the past, or worrying about the future, there isn’t room for happiness in the present.
Do you know the most uttered word in our life? ….For me it is Good morning… No matter where, no matter who, every morning we say good morning.
Do you know the variety of replies we get for these same beautiful words?
If you say “Good morning” to a 6 year old kid, he will say, “Good Morning or Great Morning, with lot of enthusiasm and energy.”
10th standard student -- “Oh lot of things to do. Final exam is approaching, I haven’t finished the 5th revision yet, I am very tense every morning.”
Professional college student – “Market is fully down. US and Indian companies are laying off people. None of the companies are doing campus recruitment. Each morning I wake up wondering, whether I will get a job after my studies!!”
Working professional – “What morning ?, you know, market is down, NASDAC has lost 100 points today, companies are laying off, US is planning to stop outsourcing. I am worried about my “EMI’s”. How can you say it is a “good” morning”?
What amazed me was the amount of time most of the people were not fully in the present. It seemed like they were always thinking about what was next, or thinking about some event in the past.
When you bring your awareness into the moment of now, all worries of the past and all imagined fears of the future gently fade away. All that left will be the vivid experience of the present. It is in this state that you actually start to see life. You'll see colors you never saw before. It is in this awareness where appreciation grows.
Pay attention to the beauty in the world. We rush so fast that we don't even notice what's right in front of our eyes. Feel the air. Close your eyes and let the sun beat on your face.
Happiness is not experienced in the past or in the future. Happiness is always experienced in the moment. If you are waiting to be happy sometime in the future, you might be waiting a very, very, very long time.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!!
Over to you, Mr. Toastmaster.