Jefferson County Toastmasters Club (jeffco.toastmastersclub.org/) invites you to attend a holiday meeting at noon on December 13 at the Port Townsend Library Learning Center. 1256 Lawrence St. Port Townsend, WA
It's the most wonderful time of the year and the happiest season of all. Except when it's not, for whatever reason. Then we take a verse from Peggy Lee's hit song, "Is That All There Is?"
When the holidays feel like more work than they're worth and we're depleted before we even begin… When we sweep away the last wrappings of Christmas and find the hype and hoopla hollow… When we know we should be happy, if we could just get in the mood.
Happiness is elusive… A guise, a glimmer, a bubble that pops when you touch it… A mirage that's always just out of reach, beyond the next milestone.
And yet we persist in believing, "I'll be happy when…"
If you can relate, come listen to Ned Schumann deliver a thoughtful, end-of-year reflection entitled, "Happiness and Peggy Lee's hit song, 'Is That All There Is?'"
Hear him blend the wisdom of his years with a Stoic philosophy in a challenge to refocus and reframe our expectations and the meaning we give to the days of our lives.
In a society where we elevate the pursuit of happiness, we often find it's not all it's cracked up to be. For that reason, it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Ned prepared this speech as a way to simplify his thoughts on this subject and get to the core of what's really important. He says, "It's a topic rich minds have pondered, and I weave together a few of their thoughts."
This meeting will feature two prepared speeches, accompanied by short, impromptu speeches with a holiday theme. Guests are welcome to participate in these "Table Topics" and to offer feedback on the content and quality of prepared speeches.
Our club helps people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. From young professionals to experienced managers to those seeking personal growth, you'll find a warm, supportive group that shares your goals.
Please join us for this free one-hour event. Holiday refreshments will be served.