I’ll never forget the day I got the call, so many years ago. “Hi, I’m looking for a piano teacher for my son. He loves music, is a hard worker, and is a special needs child. Will you take him?” Recently divorced, my fairy tale had just gone up in smoke. Disappointed, disillusioned, and swimming in self-pity, I was unwilling to take a chance on this child…or anything else. Have you ever been there? But I reluctantly took him on as my student. Little did I know the lessons this amazing boy would teach me…
This is the true story, entitled “Leap”, that I shared last night at the District Speech Contest in Atlanta. Here we go again!
Many of you were so kind to pray for me and encourage me as I represented Georgia last August in Cincinnati at the International Speech Contest sponsored by Toastmasters International. I placed 2nd in my semifinal. What an incredible experience to be in the presence of such gifted speakers with life-changing messages!
The annual global competition, drawing more than 30,000 contestants, began again this past January. Tonight was the fourth level of competition, the District Contest. I had the honor of sharing the platform with six other amazing speakers with compelling messages.
Having placed first, I will compete in August at the semifinals and hopefully in the finals two days later, both in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
I would appreciate your prayers as I prepare!