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Fujairah Toastmasters

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken towards its achievements.” 

~By Bo Bennett 

 

Imagine waking up to your alarm at 7.00 am, you hear the birds chirping outside, you get up go to open the blinds on your windows and instead of a bright shinning sun you see darkness.

 

This was the scene that I woke up to on the 27th March 2016. It was the day after my loss at an annual Toastmasters speech contest. A loss that for me was unexpected as I was so very confident in my self and my material. But alas, I lost and the whole world had turned black in my eyes and a thundering cloud sat floating over my head. 

 

The cloud followed me wherever I went. To work, the mall and even to the bathroom!

 

For days I walked around not knowing what to do or how to get myself out of this dark mood. I tried everything from motivational books, videos and believe it or not I even tried exercise! For all those who know me or have seen me, you’d know a person in my size does not exercise. But I was desperate and tried it anyway. Surprisingly, it did not work.

 

Until one day I realized that maybe the reason I was so down was that I hadn’t talked about my loss. I had been suffering all alone and in silence trying to hide in my shame and embarrassment. 

 

So at my next toastmasters meeting I decided to talk. I took the stage and spoke. I spoke and I joked about my loss. I was amazed that my audience was laughing with me and not at me. Here I was struck with the thought that this is what I am meant to do. To speak! One loss should not decide my future. So I continued to speak; I spoke at my club meetings and other clubs in Dubai, Sharjah and all over the country until March 2017 when it was time for another contest. This time I went with the mind set that I will do my best and leave the rest to the universe as it knows my will to win. And amazingly ladies and gentlemen this time I won!

 

I won because I refused to allow one loss to define me. I won because my belief caused all the forces in the universe conspired to get me my win.

 

So my dear readers, the next time you are down, the next time your world goes black, stand up, acknowledge your loss and continue moving forward. Should you need a diverse pairs of ears to hear your plans for your journey forward, know that at Fujairah Toastmasters Club our welcome matt is always by the door ready to greet you inside.  

 

MTM Mahar Mohammed 

Vice President- Education 

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Meeting venue is Clifton International Hotel, Fujairah. Meetings are held on every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.

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