I attend Toastmasters because I have a public speaking deficiency and recognize that it is largely, due to my insecurities. One way of improving upon these insecurities is through what people refer to as, "fake it until you make it." Just like surfing or any other activity, through repetition, you can develop more comfort in what you do. Additionally, scrutiny of your results, unabated honesty WITH YOURSELF, correction of your mistakes, re-evaluation of your goals, humility, and the courage to self-motivate, is necessary if you want to be a better YOU.

Tonight, I witnessed a new member give his first speech. It's never an easy one, even though the topic is you. There's rarely a time when I get up in front of a crowd or speak to a small group of friends and not be nervous. This individual not only gave his first, "icebreaker" speech. He spoke about the infidelity of his father and the drug use and ultimate death of his beloved brother. Not many of us would have the courage talk about these unpleasant matters, or expose ourselves and admit that they occur within our families. Yet, he did all of the above. Thank you for the inspiration.

I found a pretty good picture of a fire-burning stove at one of the Haleakala cabins. The cabins are also equipped with press board logs, so you don't have to forage for firewood. These stoves are dang effective for heating up the cabins and you simply have to make sure that someone throws in a few more logs during the course of the night. I remember having a hard time falling asleep one night, because of the heat, and waking up, sweating profusely. And just so my insurance agent can rest assured, I will confess that my fire-starting skills suck.

Maybe I should stop sketching randomly, on scrap pieces of paper and actually create pieces that I plan to frame and hang on the wall. Somehow, my random sketches come out better than "planned" sketches - sort of like that date you got all gussied-up for and didn't go well versus the "Ima just hang out with a friend," and you two hit it off. I guess I'll keep on sketching randomly...

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