Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Greetings to all fellow toastmasters and guests!

Well, to start off, we have finally embark into the blogging world..!! Now, how's that to start off the new term with the theme 'Make a Difference'?..:D We are surely making the step to make a difference now.

'Make a Difference'. A theme so straightforward and simple to comprehend without much thoughts but yet so powerful. This theme reminded me of the story below that was told several times over the years but never failed to inspire me.

One day, an old man was walking along the beach in the early morning and noticed the tide had washed thousands of starfish up on the shore. Up ahead in the distance he spotted a boy who appeared to be gathering up the starfish, and one by one tossing them back into the ocean.
He approached the boy and asked him why he spent so much energy doing what seemed to be a waste of time.

The boy replied, "If these starfish are left out here like this they will bake in the sun, and by this afternoon they will all be dead."
The old man gazed out as far as he could see and responded, "But, there must be hundreds of miles of beach and thousands of starfish. You can't possibly rescue all of them. What difference is throwing a few back going to make anyway?"

The boy then held up the starfish he had in his hand and replied, "It's sure going to make a lot of difference to this one!"

So, fellow readers, you don't have to do something outrageous to make a difference. Take one step at a time.

I guess that's all for now. Going to post about the recent 12th Sandakan Toastmasters Installation Banquet with pictures and all soon. So do drop by again!

Cheers in Toastmasters!


Ritchie said...

Well Done Sandakan Toastmasters Club. To Datin Grace CHIU - President and Melissa - VPPR!
To all fellow Toastmasters in Sandakan TMC, See you all at the top!
Ritchie LGM 2007/2008

Anonymous said...

Please tell me it worked right? I dont want to sumit it again if i do not have to! Either the blog glitced out or i am an idiot. the second option doesnt surprise me lol. thanks for a great blog!