On 14 July 2020, we met again for the ninth time over the Internet. At this meeting, our theme was Bastille Day, (French National Celebrations) day. It seemed like we were getting used to meeting in this way with fewer hiccups every time. However, it still was clear that we were missing each other’s company and person-to-person meetings in our Community Centre room in West Pennant Hills.
During the first part of the meeting the French national celebrations day had been mentioned few times by our Sergeant At Arms Raj, our chairman Chris Tso, and toast Mel Colgar.
Table topics was prepared by John Inglis. For John we had to describe an imaginary picture. It was fun and thought provoking.
In the second part, we had the prepared speeches. Our speakers were Shirley, Jonathan, and Johnny.
Shirley spoke about her role as a protégé and finding her experienced and ideal mentor. She told us this experience as a journey that took her from a conflict to a success story and ending up having a good friendship with a colleague.
Jonathan talked about something rather scientific. He told us the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. He explained, how acute pain can be useful for us to protect us from further injuries. On the other hand, the chronic pain can be so harmful may represent a pathology that we may need to overcome just like a software problem on a computer program.
Johnny’s speech was rather emotional. He told us about importance of forgiving and loving. His speech was touchy and captured the audience attention from the beginning to the end. He told us how he came out from an ordeal/disappointment of one of his friendship by blocking the hateful feelings and replacing them with appreciation, forgiveness, and love.
In short, as always it was a wonderful, fruitful, entertaining, and always helpful meeting. It made us grow and contributed to each of us’ personal skills. It related to the date, which was a Bastille Day, and carried on with wondrous speeches and evaluation.
Written by Mel Colgar and edited by Shirley Childs