在2011-12年度裡,我要求各位扶輪社員來做「人道關懷 行善天下」。我請各位省視自己的內心,便可明白所有人類都有共同的夢想、相似的希望、同樣的抱負、以及近似的問題。無論我們是什麼人,身在何處,每個人都渴望同樣的和平及滿足,渴望在日常生活中擁有同樣的充實感。我們要努力帶給他人的,就必須先在自己內心找到,因為我們希望自己擁有的,也是他人所希望擁有的。

 

在談論全球和平之前,我們必須先從自身開始,然後再推己及人。首先,我們找到自己內心的平靜,然後努力建立我們家庭及社區的和平。沒有先在自己家裡建立和平,就無法建立世界和平;如果我們要在全球建立和平、友誼、和寬容,首先就必須在自己的社區實行。當我們內在有和平,我們家裡也有和平;當我們家裡有和平,我們便有可與他人分享的和平。當我們和我們所愛及關心的人在一起感到喜悅及滿足時,我們便能夠關心他人。

 

我相信如果你使自己強健鞏固,便可使你共同生活及居住的人強健鞏固。一旦你有一個強健穩固的家庭,你便有一個堅固的發展基礎。那些擁有這種內在力量的人可以合作得更好,一同服務人類,那就是我們在扶輪所做的事。

 

在未來這一年,我們的扶輪服務將有三個重點:鞏固我們的家庭,延續我們最擅長的事,並改變任何需要改變的地方。本扶輪年度的第一個工作重點是家庭。家庭是一切的起始:我們所有的服務,我們希望在這世上達成的每件事,都肇始於這裡。母親和子女是每個家庭的核心;當我們從這裡做起,便可以進而把工作延伸擴展到個人的生活及整個社區。

 

我們第二個工作重點將是延續性,找到我們做的好的事,並更上一層樓。我們每個人在扶輪服務中都找得到成功之處,我們應該以這些成功之處為基礎,加以累積擴展,使我們可以在未來幫助更多人。我們必須延續我們清潔與安全飲水的工作,減輕疾病,擴展識字,服務新世代並與之合作,為和平而努力。

 

同時,我們也知道有些事我們可以做得更好,有些事我們應該改變。我們必須有勇氣正視它們,找出它們,並努力改變我們需要做的改變。

 

甘地說過:「改變必須從你自己做起。」在扶輪,我們努力過著道德及誠實的生活,分享友誼及善意,看見每個人真正的價值。我們對平庸沒有興趣,因為扶輪一點也不平常,扶輪社員都不是平常人。那就是我們要努力提升自我,進而提升世界的原因。

 

我們所有在扶輪的人都企望改變世界,不然我們為何要成為扶輪社員?我們相信我們的世界可以更快樂、更健康、更和平。我們相信未來可以─也一定會─比過去更美好。我們是理想主義者,我們透過服務,來實踐我們的理想。

 

因此,我們在2011-12年度的第三個工作重點便是改變,我們就從讓自己改變成自己希望在世上看到的改變做起。如果我們希冀和平,就從讓自己本身、自己家庭、自己社區能過著和平的生活開始。如果我們希望終結小兒痲痹或任何疾病,如果我們希望環境停止惡化,如果我們希望降低兒童死亡率,提升識字率或防止飢餓,我們就必須成為促成那項改變的因子,並瞭解那必須從我們之中每個人做起。

 

讓我們人道關懷 行善天下。在和平、和諧、及友誼之中,讓我們把改變和更喜悅的未來帶給全人類。

 

 

 

 

 

In 2011-12, I ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. I ask you to look within yourselves, to understand that all of humanity has the same dreams, similar hopes, the same aspirations and similar problems. Whoever we are and wherever we live, each of us yearns for the same peace and contentment and for the same fulfillment in our daily lives. What we work to bring to others, we must first find within ourselves because what we wish for ourselves is what others wish for themselves as well.

 

Before talking globally about peace, we need first to start with ourselves and then work outward. First, we find our own peace, and then work to establish peace in our homes and our families and our communities. We cannot work to build peace in the world without first building it in our own homes; if we are to create peace, friendship, and tolerance on a global scale, we must first practice it in our own neighborhoods. When we have peace in ourselves, we have peace in our home; when there is peace in our home, we have peace that we can share with others. As we find joy and satisfaction in being with the people we love and care about, we are able to care for others as well.

 

I believe that if you strengthen yourself, you strengthen those who share your life and your home. Once you have a strong family, you have a strong base on which to build. Those who have that inner strength can work together better to serve humanity, and that is what we do in Rotary.

 

In the year ahead, we will have three emphases in our Rotary service: to strengthen our family, to continue what we do best, and to change whatever needs to be changed.

 

Our first emphasis in this Rotary year will be the family. The family is where everything begins: All our service, everything we wish to achieve in our world, begins here. The mother and the child are at the core of every family; when we begin there, we can carry our work forward through individual lives and throughout the community.

 

Our second emphasis will be on continuity, on finding the things that we do well and taking them to the next level. Each of us has found success in Rotary service, and we should build on those successes, expand on them, so that we can help even more people in the future. We must continue our work for cleaner and safer water, mitigating disease and illness, spreading literacy, working with and for the new generation, and striving for peace.

 

At the same time, we also know that there are things we could be doing better and things

which we should be changing. We must have the courage to see these, to identify them, and to work to make the changes we need to make.

 

Mohandas Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” In Rotary, we endeavor to live ethically and honestly, to share friendship and goodwill, to see the true worth of every human being. We are not interested in the lowest common denominator, for Rotary is anything but common and Rotarians are uncommon people. That is why we work to elevate ourselves and, thereby, to elevate the world.

 

All of us in Rotary are looking to change the world, for why else would we be Rotarians? We believe that our world can be happier, healthier, and more peaceful. We believe that the future can and will be better than the past. We are idealists, and we bring our ideals to life through our Rotary service.

 

And so, our third emphasis in 2011-12 will be change, and we start by being the change we wish to see in the world. If we wish for peace, we start by living in peace ourselves, in our homes and in our communities. If we wish for an end to polio or to any other disease in the world, if we wish environmental degradation to stop, if we wish to reduce child mortality, to spread literacy or to prevent hunger, we must be the instrument of that change and recognize that it must start within each of us.

 

Let us Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. And in peace, harmony, and friendship, let us bring change and a more joyful future for us all.