Toastmaster Speech 3: Learning while commuting
I delivered my Project 3 Speech in East Delhi Toastmaster Club during August, 2015. I got the idea for my third speech, while reading some articles in Google. I first use this idea in my personal life and put my experience on the paper for my next speech. I thought I decided that this might be an interesting topic for a speech and I delivered the speech as follows. Time allotted for the Speech was (5-7 Minutes)
Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on and on that is deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” We talk about work life, we talk about home life, but we rarely discuss the in-between time i.e our commuting time. When I was kid and started learning words and sentences, my sister said to me that while going to school on rickshaw, I must read all boards and Hoardings in my way. Perhaps that was my first step of learning while travelling. Which later reached to learning of many virtues of life?
Today, I am going to recount my personal experiences while traveling to office and explain what I learn during this journey?
Fellow toastmasters and dear guests, good evening. How many of you enjoy the daily commutes to office and learn while commuting? What enjoying the daily commutes??. How is it by getting trapped in daily traffic jam, unbearable horn heat, long advertisement on FM and many more.
I observed that most of the people do not enjoy their daily travels to office. For them it is a dull, boring activity but since last month for me it is not only a joyful extravaganza but also a wonderful learning experience. Every day I look forward to this commute as for me this is not about covering some 40 odd kilometers but it is also about learning many key lessons about life. The three most important lessons which I have learned while commuting are:
- The joy of Giving
- Never say Never
- To embrace the change with grace
The joy of Giving
Just imagine a middle aged person waiting at bus stop and isolated road junction, for DTC bus due to having DTC bus pass. Although, he can afford to hire an auto, most of the auto drivers will never take him to his destination as there will be no passenger available in return journey. He is just waiting and hoping that a known person with a bike will pass by and give him a lift to his home. After a long wait, he starts walking as he cannot wait endlessly with that hungry stomach; craving for dinner. He is walking very slowly and keeps on looking behind with a hope that a friend will pass by. He does not want to ask strangers for a lift, but his hungry stomach is mumbling in his ears. Ask for a lift, ask for a lift. He somehow manages to signal the next biker on the road for a lift. The biker, being an infoscian is not moved by his gesture as he has read on bulletin board that some can just ask for lifts and then rest is a history. Within 5 seconds, the whole scene changed from that of disappointment and despair to hope and joy. This brings an unprecedented amount of joy to the biker and new realization dawned in him- The joy of giving. That infoscian as you would have guessed by now was none other than me and this was the first key lesson I learned for the rest of my life.
Never say Never
I follow the same route everyday and most of the time I find one old lady, with a hump on her back which do not allow her to even stand straight. This old woman, in the twilight of her life, collects used plastic bottles, discarded stationary material. With a fluffy plastic bag she keeps walking slowly on the side of the road in search of recyclable waste. Rain or Shine she is always there with that bag full of used stuff and a hope to find more stuff to meet her ends. At the end of that stretch lays a government primary school and most of its students cannot afford a pair of shoe. They walk bare footed on the road, with a bag full of books on their shoulders and a youthful smile on their faces. Notwithstanding their current situation, each one of them is hopeful about a bright future and a better life. The old lady and these young kids epitomize the true spirit of hope. These brave hearts 2made this biker to learn the lesson – Never say never and being always hopeful about future.
To embrace the change with grace
The third key lesson I learned while riding to office was about being ready for change– as life, like our roads, is always unpredictable and constantly changing. You will find that a three foot deep hole has magically appeared in the middle of road overnight. In rainy season particularly never underestimate the depth of a pothole. It can be disastrous experience. Adding to this change are many other dynamic elements such as Unpredictable kids playing cricket near the road, Lazy neighborhood Cows eating that non-existent grass on the road side, always in hurry vegetable cart vendors and our beloved auto drivers doing Rajanikant style stunts on the road. From all this, this biker learned that Like road change is the only constant thing about the life and only way to survive them is to embrace them whole heartily.
Commuting may at first seem boring, but when you really think about it, it’s an opportunity for you to do awesome things while the world passes you by. So, Ladies and gentlemen, next time when you commute keep your eyes not only on the road but also on these life changing lessons of joy of giving, never say never and, To embrace the change with grace. Do enjoy your daily commutes as life is too short and we cannot afford to miss the opportunity to enjoy the joy of commuting. Happy commuting! Happy learning!