Until I was 40 years of age I used to procrastinate all the time. My preferred way of doing this was to use what I can safely call now the TPOT method. TPOT stood for “There’s Plenty Of Time” and was my way of convincing myself that there was no need to hurry, as there was always another day when the necessary work could be performed.
The word ‘safari’ brings images to mind of the open savannah with vast tracts of blue sky, giraffes eating the top leaves of the tree, lions lying on a low mound observing their potential prey, and herds of zebras cantering across the plain.
However, the word safari conjures up in me a queasy feeling. To me safari means motion sickness, being showered with stream water, and oxygen deprivation.
When I undertook the role of Jokemaster at a recent Toastmasters’ meeting I hadn’t realized it was going to be such a difficult job. Especially when the theme is Jargon – I thought I might be downsized by the chair, let go, uninstalled, derecruited, and invited to seek other opportunities outside my role. I realized I had to think big and outside the box. I had to push the envelope, raise the bar, take things to the next level, and indulge in some blue sky thinking. Telling a joke is a two-way street and I had to do it without going postal. It was tempting to pick the low hanging fruit which may or may not be cherries. I needed a gilt-edged, copper-bottomed, member-facing joke that I could run up the flagpole and everyone would salute it. I’d really want 360-degree feedback too. Anyway, I should park my thinking offline. This is a finely balanced situation, weighted heavily towards the members. So, I should touch base with you and keep you in the loop because we need to be on the same page and singing from the same hymn sheet – it’s important there are no disconnects so that we are sending and receiving mixed messages.
Here are some new words for your vocabulary:
A famous idiom in the English language is that mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Each of you may think to yourself at some point – can I make a difference to the world, how can one person make a difference?
If you ever doubt that this can happen then let me yell you about Bruce Crowther.