“The difference between one man and another is not mere ability – it is energy”
— Thomas Arnold
I’m not sure I have ever attended two such diametrically opposed events on the same day, as I did today.
After a late, Friday night, many Toastmasters from District 7 gathered this morning at 7am to attend the Leadership ’11 Conference. Rory Vaden was again the keynote speaker and Scott “Q” Marcus highlighted the afternoon with a dynamic presentation and “thinspiration”. Two District Level contests and several excellent breakout sessions rounded out an inspiration and motivational day. At 6pm, exhausted, I slumped back into my car.
Home wasn’t next on the agenda, though.
Instead, a short drive straight to my son and daughter’s school to chaperone their middle school’s Fall dance fundraiser. To understand the scene, imagine 250 kids in grades 6th through 8th, yelling screaming, dancing, laughing, and smiling to the pulse-pounding beats of today’s hottest hits. It was really loud.
While these two events are about as different as I can imagine, they do have one thing in common.
Throughout the Toastmasters conference, I heard from speaker after speaker – Energy. Energy to make a change, energy to pursue your dreams, energy in persistence and perseverance. Energy.
The middle school dance was nothing but energy. High voltage teenage energy.
We need energy to make change, to make a difference or to do anything worth doing. And every bit of energy we use for trivial, unnecessary or counter-productive tasks will only make us less effective.
Then, when your day is done, your energy was spent generously, and you are completely exhausted, take a rest.
You deserve it.
Room host at the D7 Toastmasters conference, followed by 2 hours of walking around Whitford middle school for outside security.