I never noticed
The story of my life and probably yours too.There are hundreds of things we see but simply don't notice everyday. This is perfectly normal for all of us. What we need to understand that the things we don't notice may be important life changings clues. I want my audience and listeners to become more focused and the world around them, moment by moment. This is not just my story. This story is about us.
John Morrow, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) an active leader in Toastmaster's International for over 26 years. Lives in Lakeland, FL and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many years ago I was serving as the Student Life Editor for my college yearbook. While looking through a stack of random photographs taken of college students, professors, administrators and staff, basically "Snap Shots", I discovered something I'd never though of before. As I looked closer I began to "notice" other things, either in the background or foreground, that were also significant. So many stories and messages in that one split second when the camera shutter clicked. After I collected the series of photographs I wanted to use to complete my pictorial gallery of student life, I considered the additional things I saw, once I stopped for a closer look, and I decided to name my section, "Things we see but don't always notice".
My stories are real. Yes, my mom has Alzheimer's Disease. My family has been ravaged by Alzheimer's Disease. Understand, this cognitive brain disease is incurable and completely fatal. More than 98% of all caregivers are family. My sister is my mother's primary caregiver and is also a victim, not of the disease but the collateral damage associated with the changes that occur in the behavior of the disease victim.
The goal of my professional speaking career, YouTube videos, workshops, seminars and podcasts, is to tell the "whole" story of this disease from both the victim's and the caregiver's perspective. It is also to help you to begin to notice the clues life puts right in front of you each day, those "snap shots" that you often miss. It's not just about Alzheimer's. It's about you living, more fully, your every waking moment. It's learning to see more of what you often simply never notice.