From the first hunters and gathers to the ever expansive population of modernity, food has always been a tricky thing. Audrey explains a modern day solution to putting food on our plates.
We've all had moments where we didn't feel prepared, ready, or motivated to speak.
Fear is false evidence appearing real. It is the daily itch of overactive doubt that scratching at our insecurities. Audrey reminds us to rebuke our fears as little pieces of death that refuse to allow us to bask in life. The theme of overcoming fear is further echoed in Patrick's speech, "The Speaker in You," as he reminds us that we all have a story to tell and therefore we all have a speech to give.
Goals and dreams are not merely wishful thinking. They provide direction in life, a map for prioritizing time, and a tangible mile marker for both where we are in life and where we hope to end up. Goals are the GPS so that we don't "live lives of quiet desperation" and dreams are the fuel that prevent us from "dying with the song still in us."
Mindset is a major part of every struggle and every victory. As Toastmaster, Jennifer reminded every person to (re)set his/her mindset at the beginning of each day. Using Hal Elrod's acronym SAVERS, Jennifer provided a heuristic for beginner every day with structure, poise, and purpose.
It is important to "get out and smell the roses." It may be equally important to get out and see the waterfalls in North Carolina. Randy explains that there are numerous waterfalls in North Carolina to be enjoyed. He even provides a concealed "dare" - it may be possible to see all of the waterfalls in one day.
The slot machine is in control.
Renee was the Toastmaster for the evening, and she led with the theme of energy - challenging all of us to consider how Toastmasters is a place where we expend tremendous amounts of energy and yet, paradoxically, leave with more energy than with which we began.