on higher ground

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized
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when we climb that mountain and look at the plains, we may think that we have reached the peak but a closer look at the footprints that we have left, tells so much more about the higher ground that we are yet to reach.


A couple of months ago, I resigned from my first job. I worked as a school nurse and found that experience a truly humbling and growing one. As a Toastmaster, english did not seem to be much of a hassle. I thought I could breeze my way into asking them where it hurts, how they feel and what remedy I can render, but I was wrong. It is so much more than talking and asking, so much more than questioning and answering. The true secret of such communication haphazard is called connection.


Truly, it was a mountain that I have climbed, but the true test lies in whether or not I can connect better with others, but on whether or not I can return to the foot of the mountain and climb another one.


At Toastmasters, we can take pride in connecting in our club. We have enjoyed the fellowship that they offer, and we reciprocate it with healthy (and friendly) responses. But outside the friendly TM chatter, do we share that same motto of communicating and connecting? Do we share the same ideals of leading and motivating? If not, then the summit that we have reached in our Toastmasters track have all been in vain.


The real higher ground after each mountain is climbed, is the determination to climb another one while carrying the life lessons that your last footprints have shared stories about. These will be the gale that makes each breathe swift and rejuvinating; the canopy from the blaze of the sun and compass amid the enervating doubts. This higher ground will cover your slumber and make it sweet, at dawn it will be the warm sunshine that greets you with hope, and it will be dream that fleets us to reach places we have never imagined.


And yet this higher ground connects us to where we truly should be. To be the leaders and communicators that we really want to be.






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