Do you ever feel undeservedly fortunate? Struggle to find a reasonable explanation for your good fortune?  Well, these were some of the questions and emotions I experienced for a long time.  I am often thankful that I was born to parents that could afford to give me access to opportunities that most could only wish for.  If you are like me, or have similar thoughts, you may feel compelled to give back.  After all, we won the genetic lottery.  Not because of our doing, but for some reason we were born into a family that could provide access to amazing opportunities.  I never went a day in my life without food, clean water, access to education, healthcare or peace and security.  I wonder how many in the world could make this claim?

I joined Rotary because someone I respected told me it was an organization that made good people better.

My five years in Rotary have been rewarding and fulfilling beyond my expectations.   I participate in Rotary because I feel it is the least I can do to show gratitude for my good fortune. It provides a vehicle to serve humanity and it gives me the humility, inspiration and satisfaction of knowing my efforts are bigger than me.  I’m a part of something that brings hope to others, no matter where they are on the planet.  I admit I have an idealistic core that needs nourishment and Rotary provides that opportunity.

Often times life gets in the way and there are competing priorities but Rotary is something I refuse to give up.  I know that if I allow something else to fill up the time on my schedule, it will be difficult to carve out that time for Rotary in the future. I don’t like to say I don’t have time for Rotary because the truth is, if it is important enough to me, I will make the time.

I will leave you with an ancient Chinese proverb:

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.