Hope For Broken Pieces – Toastmasters Project #10 (Inspire Your Audience)

This speech, “Hope For Broken Pieces,” was delivered at St. Andrews Speakers Club, A Toastmasters Club in Plano on 11/17/2016.

What are these? A bunch of broken, useless strings. Are they really? What about these? Beads from broken necklaces and left-over sewing notions. What good are they? I am here to tell you that there is hope for broken pieces!


You see our clean linens at work (hospital) comes every morning bundled up with these strings.

They have had life ordinaire. They had served their original purpose, to tie up or hold together stuff.  One day, I had an idea! Why not save the strings and make something pretty? I right away told my co-workers about my plan. They liked my idea! I bought a crochet needle, watched a youtube video on how to make granny squares and then I went to work. I decided to make a purse. I used the granny squares I made, broken pieces of jewelry from my dresser and used an old tote bag as a liner. I entered it in the art contest sponsored by the Business Council of the Arts held on our campus called, “On My Own Time.”


The result? I won!

This was the year, 2013. I crocheted many other pieces since then. I made baskets as going away gifts. I made a baby dress, ankle sweaters and embarked on a yearly project making baby hats for babies born at UTSW. Along with other nurses, I made a commitment to make pretty hats out of useless strings.

The outcome? We made the labor and delivery nurses happy including the parents of all the babies.

What about your life? Do you have a bunch of broken dreams and broken promises? A broken home, divorce, unfulfilled dreams, failing health and weariness?

What will you do about it? I will tell you what!

Just pick up the pieces, join them together and start stitching. When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade. Put all these broken pieces together and embellish them with peace and contentment. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and visualize your future. It may take some time but with patience and perseverance, your life will become a masterpiece!

(Only a few of the pictures below were included in the slides during the speech) Pictures were added here to show more details of the projects.