我們在地球上的人生不但有限,而且通常都比我們想像的短暫。那麼,我們該如何對待人生?將自己獻給他人,使世界更美好?或者,誠如著名的印度詩人泰戈爾描述,「將我們的時日消耗在調理琴絃之上,以至於迄今尚未唱出要唱的歌曲」?

 

扶輪之所以高貴在於它提供我們詠唱人生歌曲的方法。扶輪鼓勵我們集中精力於要事,引導我們過更充實更有意義的人生,也幫助我們成為獻給世界的禮物。

 

當我們想到,友誼最重要的特徵是什麼?相信絕大多數的社友會舉出正直,可靠,關懷心,以及包容的個性等。朋友不需彼此相似,而應能夠互相互補引出優點。對我來說,這正是我們在扶輪可以獲得的友誼。

 

扶輪幫助我們發揮最好的內在。我們平日過於追求工作業績,報酬,物質等無需重視的事。因為,面臨人生終結的時刻,沒有人會記得我們過去開的是什麼型的車子,穿的是什麼款式的衣服,或者頭銜或地位是什麼。沒有人會因為我們為了爭取升官發財花費的功夫而讚佩我們。我們生前的價值不在於累積的多寡,而在於我們貢獻了多少。

 

我們要轉頭不看人們的痛苦還是要設法減輕他們的痛苦?我們只用口頭表示惻隱之心還是要以行動表示?我們要安於追求世界所賜還是要積極貢獻世界?

 

2015-16 年度的主題是「成為獻給世界的禮物」。

 

不論我們是誰,不論我們處在人生的哪個階段,每個人都有可能獻出各自的才幹,知識,能力,也能盡力而為。我們可以獻身活動,致力忠誠。透過扶輪活動,我們可以真摯地利用這些禮物改善他人的生活,改變世界。

 

俗語說,人,握著拳頭出生,但展開手心離世,所有的才能是上蒼的賜予。利用才能即回報上蒼。

 

我們在世時雖意欲掌握一切,但在離世時則必須拋棄所有。只要我們有意成為獻給世界的禮物,我們能透過扶輪活動,將有實益且能永續的遺產留傳後代。

 

 

 

 

Our time on this earth is finite, and it’s always shorter than we think. How do we want to spend it? Will we give of ourselves to others, so that the world will be richer because we passed through it? Or will we spend our days, as the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, in stringing and unstringing our instruments, while the song we came to sing remains unsung?

 

The glory of Rotary is that it helps us find a way to sing that song. It guides us on a path to living richer, more meaningful lives, by encouraging us to focus our attention on the things that matter — and helping each of us find our own way to be a gift to the world.

 

If we ask ourselves what characteristics we value most in our friends, most of us would answer similarly: integrity, trustworthiness, caring, compatibility. Our friends are not necessarily the people who are most like us but the ones who complement us, who bring out the best in us. That, to me, is precisely what we can find in Rotary.

 

Rotary is a way to bring out the best part of ourselves, and let it guide our lives. Too often, we spend our days in pursuit of the goals that should matter least. We focus our attention on our own achievements and our own gain; we devote endless energy to the accumulation of material things. Yet at the end of our lives, no one will remember us for the cars we drove, the clothes we wore, the titles we carried, or the offices we sat in. We will not be admired for the efforts we poured into making our own lives richer or our own status higher. In the end, our worth will be measured not by how much we acquired, but by how much we gave away.

 

Will we avert our eyes from suffering, or will we alleviate it? Will we speak words of compassion, or will we act on them? Will we be content only to take from the world — or will we give to it?

 

In the 2015-16 Rotary year, our theme will be Be a Gift to the World.

 

Every one of us has something to give — whoever we are, whatever our place in life. We can give our talent, our knowledge, our abilities, and our effort; we can give our dedication and our devotion. Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world.

 

It is said that we are born with our fists clenched, but we die with our hands open, and that our talents are the gift that God gave us. What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.

 

Equally we come into this world grasping at everything, but when we leave it, we leave all material things behind as well. Through Rotary, we can leave behind something real and lasting.

 

Our time is now. It will never come again. Be a Gift to the World.

 

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