Creating Golden Memories

Creating Golden Memories

I have been home from our bridge adventure for three weeks. There has been some catch up to other parts of my life but the residual effect of St. Louis is still noticeable. My friends and I refer to the trip with such fondness. The special part about living an experience to the fullest is that you carry it with you for such a long time afterwards. I have been asked often, “How was St. Louis?“ A wonderful life experience,” I have answered. I talk about having my picture taken in front of Busch Stadium beside Stan Musial’s statue, of visiting the Arch, and experiencing the World Chess Hall of Fame. Yes, I talk about playing lots of bridge – some good and some not. I talk of watching the best players in the world, of meeting new people, and connecting on a deeper level with others. My point is I talk about the experience as a whole. And I realize going into an experience with that mind set is the best was to go. In fact, what if we looked at every new event, or even be so bold as to look at every day, in the manner of living it to the fullest, experiencing each moment with that positive outlook. What a wonderful life we would lead! Today, I have the honour of presenting the Les Staats Award at the Winnipeg Toastmasters Club. We honour this man through the award named after him because he truly led his life, each moment to the fullest, with the wonder and sincerity of a child. He was beloved because of his approach to life and others around him. Les could take every meeting with someone, every event and treat it as special. It also happens to be the 70th anniversary of the club which is a noteworthy milestone. I look back at St. Louis with very fond memories. I also look forward to the next adventure with anticipation and a promise to myself to live it to the fullest. I hope you can look at the next adventure in your life and do the same. Whether it is a big excursion or an every day event, it can be more rewarding to open yourself to the full experience and take the time to savour it. The memories are more golden when you do!

John Hindle, The Contact Hitter

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