A Journey to Learn And Serve
Joining Toastmasters 18 years ago, I started my lifelong learning
process. Deciding to run and serve as a member of the Trio 3 years ago,
I started my service leadership journey.
There are many choices in our life and the choices are related to one’s
value and ideas. I thought myself to be a smart person, so I often tried
to escape from reality, picked the easiest things to do, and the ones
that required the least amount of effort.
Many years passed before I realized that I was like a frog, living at
the bottom of a well, happy, and proud, but isolated from the real
Joining Toastmasters gave me the chance to explore a whole new world. I
could get along with a group of individuals who were devoted and
actively learning. I chose challenging paths to work on, which required
me to work hard and overcome the pressure and nervousness of speaking on
It also included leading a group of excellent leaders from all walks of
life and being tested to our limits.
The result was encouraging. As the sayings go, “A calm sea trains no
good sailors”. “Look at others, think about oneself.”, and “3 people
together, there must be one who can be our teacher.” I didn’t want
myself to only talk the talk, but to also walk the walk. When work
comes, escaping from it feels
great in the beginning, but overtime there’s
a realization of being idle and not growing.
Fellow Toastmasters, we all choose a seemingly challenging path, a path
of duties, cooperation, and hard work. We are helpful, loving, and the
desire to learn. We, Toastmasters, have the above traits and these
traits can’t be
bought with money.
Thank you to this great organization that has cultivated me for almost
20 years and help me become the person I am today. There’s
always someone who I can learn from.
A toast to all the hardworking Toastmaster!