Friday, 20 July 2018


Past 84 now, should I say "in my 85th year"? Somehow 85 seems more "sexy" as age. Some days, I feel it is difficult to step down from my bed and go to the kitchen in the morning. My left ankle is shaky. 

Inspiration helps.

Michelle, got her 36th morning walk and video and Facebook direct, well, she is younger then me. And this morning, I got a slideshow with my daughter 67 images taken all in the Washington DC mixed quarter, a place as I remember at the time was to "avoid" even passing with a car. A sudden summer shower arrived, and I believe these were her best pictures, taken a couple and a young man, walking down steps in rain.
and the second one perhaps even better, this time going down
Let me add the last from the 67 even if all are wonderful: not taken by me
Still in rain : as I remember in Washington DC it comes very fast very strong and then as fast it stops. The air becomes as in a washing room or a steam room, very humid but the sun is out again.

Inspired by those videos and these pictures, I went out today, toward the end of my street, where a highway passes, took a parallel commercial street to come back. Walked more then I believed I could. 

You really think Pathways, a Path is difficult? You can do it, once you decide.
The most difficult was to decide, begin going down the stairs. Once out, to tell myself, make steps as in the gym, then your knee and ankle will think "it's only exercise".
I was rewarded by new beautiful flowers at the corner, then yeah, a long road to the street where bus passes. Looking down an interesting pattern, and up houses across. This is how I put them together for my Facebook page.
For very long, I did not go all the way to the highway. Usually I stop at this bench then go shopping through a narrow alley. Another five pictures together, each telling a story. Do they tell also to you? Pictures by pictures, almost like Projects by project. 
Arrived to number 99, I crossed to the parallel street, the shops are there, and small restaurants. I discovered funny courgettes, and this small animal before the butcher. Then entered the Italian cafe and got an expresso. And could not resist a "pain au raisin". After the stop, I took a bus for 1 station, then continued from the Heath back.
Across where I live, apartments without any steps, and something special no usual in London, a terrace with drying things outside. A pretty green WW and home with the fruits I did buy. Just a few, so I can continue to take pictures, but tasty.

I could tell a story about how inspiration works, how persistence pays or how we have to believe in ourselves that we can do more. Today walk, even if I stopped twice on the way, was longer then usual and longer then I believed I can do. 

Today, I was very content with myself. 

Thursday, 19 July 2018

My London club and Pathways

Yesterday, club meeting near me. A great pal took me there with his car and back at end.

A new team working and a great new president leading. The new VPE fills in the roles on a paper for a few times ahead during the meeting break and before, after

This time, I was really happy; all the three speeches were from Pathways Projects.

One Icebreaker and a very good story of childhood and horrible professor, I would not forget, from a new member. A Second speech from Level 1 from a relatively new member. And the first speech of Evaluation and Feedback by our new President, that I evaluated. It was not easy to find something to improve, he was so good. "Take out the mask" and dig deep into you, tell your story. And he did tell from when he could not even answer a Table Topic question, he froze. But he kept going, he also realized that with mask down, feelings emerge that connect. 

Phil, in this picture, was the General Evaluator. And his feedback to me, beside telling how good speaker I was and how organized my evaluation, he added "it would have be better not to take time to explain how the speech fit into the Level and our education. At first, I did not agree. Of course, did not tell him. But looking back, indeed, that should have been explained by the Toastmaster of the day. She will begun her Pathways journey at the next meeting. 

Our club members started! Really begun to walk, one after other on their Pathways journey! Without pushing, just nudging slightly, giving example, I am happy it works.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Yet another Icebreaker

Another icebreaker? Why not? We have so much to say about ourselves that does not get into 5 minutes! Beside, we change Let know the club members how, and what we want to achieve now, not some time ago.

Why should I give an Icebreaker at every path beginning? I found that we never give enough. 

Perhaps, this one was not my best Icebreaker, but I delivered it through Remote Access from London all the way to Virginia in USA, to a club that let me be in Pathways, after the first could no more. I remained still they used Zoom or GoToMeeting, when they decided to change that too, I stopped. I put in a post but did not Publish it. Till today.

Now, instead of 7 Toastmaster Clubs, I am only in 4 : still not bad is it?
And, I have to admit, contemplating to taking in at least one more online club soon.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Club Officer Training 1/3 about Pathways and success stories

Yesterday, a wonderful Area Club Officer training! So much to tell and so much learned! How to begin? 

Again, conformed how personal specific stories resonate and convince! 

AD told us how she had to step in last minutes and in very few words told us the importance of COT and introduced us to each other by clubs first and one by one later.  

Then the immediate past AD (area director) told us how two years before, the club he was President of got from 32 to 50 and a waiting list, what were the methods that worked and showed us what are some we could use, then put us to work, club by club. 
Samir Malak Presents Pathways with Stories

The third part of the meeting was a wonderful Pathways Presentation, from my team pal, D91 Guide (we presented together in February and March with me as Ambassador) and we are on the same team also as Undistricted Guides. 

Samir told us about Pathways Projects and how one, then the other, from Level 1 then one from 2 helped that TM (who was present) and him, to Present better in the Company they work and their club is. Those personal examples resonate and remain in mind. 

He also gave example, how he used the Icebreaker to tell about his plans, with his second path, and "today, our boss told me how much XX speech got better" The speech that was the one "Feedback and Evaluation, repeated one". 

Samir Malek also showed us his folder with printed projects and literature about how to choose a path and offered one with information in it to all VPE! 

I will now create my own folder to show with projects from a path!

Should I admit? I was not so happy before the meeting that I was not asked, this time to present but I am now very happy with what I learned of how and what works. Worked!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Explore Basecamp 1 : inside my Motivational Strategy path for 6 minutes

Today, a video from inside my Motivational Strategy path: first one in the series. a pic here first
then the video

first video from the series "explore my base camp"
And yes, still a lot to learn as how to take and speak within a video