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Father Time

The main reason I joined Toastmasters International was so I could better speak to an audience while discussing an emotional subject. Most of the time I speak it's on an emotional subject and I have a hard time doing it without getting all choked up. The following is a portion of last nights speech titled Father Time.

 

 

Father Time

My Dad, Lee Timm, had a love of time pieces. In our home setting and resetting the clocks for daylight savings time was quite a chore.

 At first my dad’s obsession for time pieces was related mostly to mantel clocks and all sorts of watches. As time went on he became very focused on pocket watches, especially railroad watches. 

Like most collectors the longer he collected the more he focused on the best and flawless pieces for his collection. At the time of his death I believe he had 50 to 100 pieces. 

When my father died he was sitting in his favorite chair in the living room with his wife, Eileen. An excited look came over his face and with joy and amazement he pointed to nothing in front of him and said “Look Eileen! I can see the seconds going by!”.

My father died of cancer about 20 years ago. He was in a hospice program so he got to die peacefully in his own home. I was glad to hear that he died peacefully and with positive excitement.

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Comment balloon 11 commentsBob "RealMan" Timm • December 04 2019 03:34PM

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Such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it. 

Posted by Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) 7 months ago

That was wonderful. Toastmasters must be working. 

I often think that the emotional things are harder to talk about when speaking to a group of people that includes those you may not normally open up to. Being authentic is what turns strangers into friends. 

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR and Productivity Coach (Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties) 7 months ago

Wow Bob  seconds, that is so interesting and a great story.  Toastmaster is a great organization.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 7 months ago

You are welcome Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Joining ToastMasters has been a good decision Dana Hollish Hill . I wish I would have done it 40 years ago when I first heard of it.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

I can envision what my father saw Will Hamm which makes it even more moving to me.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Good afternoon Bob "RealMan" Timm - I listened and you handled that very well but that is an emotional subject who could blame one for getting choked up.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

Thank you for the compliment and thank you for listening to recording Grant Schneider .

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

I think it's quite normal to have a hard time speaking in public about a personal/emotional thing. I used to give presentations about work related things to hundreds of people in a huge audtiorium. That was a lot easier than talking about anything personal, even if it was in front of only 10.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 7 months ago

That makes sense Kat Palmiotti . I have a mission, a ministry, to talk about and I want to be able to effectively deliver my message with impact. I guess it's the old practice, practice, practice.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Morning Bob.

I can see the emotion in your face as you spoke about your father.  We all have a limited amount of seconds, use them wisely

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 7 months ago

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