Who am I?
I am Alive.
I am Complex.
I am Change.
Toastmasters and guests. Are we not changing constantly?
We never asked to be brought into this world. But here we are. What are our responsibilities, our functions, our rewards?
It seems, while guided by laws and in some cases religion, our direction lies in every choice we make.
Do we want to be like our parents, our teachers, our heroes or something completely different?
Do we want to have an easy life, surviving way within our boundaries….
Or do we want to test these ‘boundaries’, go beyond and be our BEST….and maybe even among the best in our field.
I was born and grew up in Suriname, the eldest of three brothers. My childhood can be described as adventurous, unstable and maturing. At an early age I became responsible for the upbringing of my siblings. This responsibility ensured that I focused on the more serious aspects of life.
Being an intelligent extrovert, I greedily consumed knowledge then, as I do now.
Knowledge came bountiful by growing up with wise grandparents and elders. Because of them, I know that there is so much to learn.
I moved to Guyana upon learning that the path to getting qualified was much shorter. It was explained to me that once successful at the CXC level, entry to the University became automatic. This is much unlike Suriname where college attendance is compulsory. Taking, what probably remains one of the largest gambles in my life, the opportunity to study in Guyana, proved to be a good choice. I achieved four grade 1’s and two grade 2’s, including the only grade 1 in English for that specific year. Not bad for a Dutch student.
By constantly upgrading my mental operating systems I became qualified in several fields including engineering and administration. During this time I was lucky to find my soulmate. She complements my adventurousness with her stability, my calculated nature with her intuitiveness and my dashing good looks with her stunning beauty. Together we are raising our intelligent daughter and building our collective future.
While I’m not a particularly religious person, I do wholeheartedly agree with this biblical verse:
“Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find.
Knock, and it will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds.
To him who knocks it will be opened.
Along my journey I have been supported by family, friends and even strangers. I have received honesty, wisdom, opportunities and in times when I really needed it, even a hot meal. The noble acts of many, have shaped the mind of the person before you.
Sometimes I find it difficult to show my appreciation for those who helped along the way. This is due to some not being with us any more, physical distance between us and in many cases not even knowing the identity of my benefactors.
I have realized that the best way to honor my angels is to give my knowledge to those who ask, help others find what they seek and open doors for those who knock.
I relish solving life’s puzzles ranging from winning a tennis game on the court, to delivering an impromptu speech at our Toastmasters Club and even to navigating the intricate challenges that marriage provides.
I see opportunities everywhere, everything within your power can be improved,
If you want it to.
So who am I?
I’m happy to be here,
I’m thankful for the support I have received,
I’m excited about what tomorrow brings,
My name is Vishnu Doerga, now enough about me,
What can I do for you today?
Toastmaster of the meeting…..