Monday, February 13, 2012

The Story of Lori

For about three months now, I've been a member of Toastmasters, which is an organization that helps you improve your speaking, communication and leadership skills.  It took me the entire three months to work up enough nerve to give my first speech, but I finally did it. 

Last Wednesday, I presented my very first speech.  This first speech is called the Ice Breaker because you're supposed to "break the ice" with your fellow members by telling them something about yourself and your life.  Well, of course, you know that I couldn't tell my life story without talking about my passion - music. 

I wanted to share with you a poem that I wrote and included in my speech.  It's called The Story of Lori.

Toastmasters, Toastmasters lend me you ear,
For I have a story that I want you to hear.
It's a story about Lori, yes that's my name,
And I promise it will be great, not boring or lame.
When I was a little girl, I had a big dream.
I wanted to travel the world and sing, sing, sing.
But there was one thing that held me back - I thought my voice wasn't any good.
But with a little time and a lot of encouragement, I started to believe that I could
Fulfill my dream and sing and play my guitar.
Looking back, I can't believe that I've come this far.
And although I haven't quite reached my dream finish line yet,
I'm never giving up, on this you can bet.
So if you take one thing with you today, let it be to follow your dreams
Whether it's to be a golfer, a drummer or the coach of a high school football team.
Whatever you are and whatever you do,
Do it with your whole heart and let your confidence shine through.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and Happy early Valentine's Day!