I’m a big fan and active member of Toastmasters.
As a person who is paid to put words in others’ mouths, it is refreshing from time to time to pen a few syllables for my own use.
We have a Toastmasters chapter at the 9:5, and at one recent meeting, we had four members give speeches.
But we almost has three.
Mine was the fourth speech, but I almost turned down the opportunity to speak – something I’ve never done.
This near episode or oratorical dysfunction is bathed in the irony that comes from the fact that a big part of my gig is creating material for others to use and deliver, but in this case, I struggled with finding the right words for my own use.
I didn’t ask to be removed from the speaking roster. Instead, I got a little angry with myself and asked that dashing man in the mirror “Why can’t you put the same time and effort into writing for yourself, as you do for your job?”
So I sat down at my trusty laptop and wrote a speech – for myself. And I proudly put the same focus and effort into it as I would for something I was preparing for use at the gig.
Now, I’m not trying to get you to pat me on the back and say “well done.”
I’m simply sharing my story because many of us who wield a pen for a living have those times when leisure writing is the last thing on our mind.
We all have jobs. We all have families. We all have responsibilities.
But you know what…we all also have 24 hours in a day and the ability to carve out – even if only a few – moments for our personal development.
Someone was said to me that it’s not correct to say “make time for something” – whatever that something is.
We can’t make time.
It’s not as if we can put 65 minutes into an hour, or 26 hours into a day.
Each of us – man, woman, child, rich or poor – has 24 hours in a day – we can’t make more time.
But we have the ability; we have the free will to “take time” for those things we believe are important in our lives.
And, it’s up to us to determine what important means.
Is hanging out on social media all day important?
Is going to the club on a regular basis, and as the old timers would say “finger popping” all night important?
Is getting a good night sleep, getting up and going to the gym important?
It’s up to us to answer those questions.
We have to decide what is important!
If work is important in your life – take more time to be the best worker you can be.
If being a parent is important in your life – take more time to be the best parent you can be.
If being a husband, wife, partner or boo is important in your life – take more time to be the best husband, wife, partner or boo, you can be.
And if writing for fun and personal fulfillment outside the bounds of the 9 to 5 is important in your life – take more time to be the best writer for fun and personal fulfillment that you can be and write for thy self!