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Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:34



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain…” (1 Corinthians 15:58, the Holy Bible).


EIGHT GUIDES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: For 2017-2018, Rotarians all over the world work to fulfill their motto of “service above self” under the theme “Rotary: Making a difference”. For retired police Col. Jose M. Mina Sr., the newly-inducted president of the Rotary Club of Plaridel Bulacan (under District 3770 of Rotary International), there are eight guides by which any Rotarian can make a difference.

In his inaugural speech during the 37th Induction and Handover Ceremonies of the Rotary Club of Plaridel on August 23, 2017, Mina ticked off these principles as follows: first, we must have  the heart to serve others even only through “small contributions, but given with a lot of heart, for the size of the contribution is not what matters most.”

Second, helping others should start today, as we do not have to wait till we make  more money to share with others. “Little efforts count because there is no other best time to start to make a difference to the world than today”. Third, sharing even with only a small contribution fulfills our responsibility to contribute for the good of others.


EMPOWER OTHERS TO KNOW THEIR OWN POWER: Fourth, Mina said, is remembering that, in order to receive more happiness and love, we should spread more of them first, for “to receive, you must first give.” Fifth, changing the world comes easier if we help one person at a time, and we can do this by empowering that person.

“How do we empower a person?” Mina asked. He pointed out: “one of the ways is to be generous in giving praise and encouragement instead of criticism because by praising and encouraging someone, you help them achieve more self-worth.”

Sixth, it would be to the greatest good of everyone not just to share their riches with others, but to reveal to others their own riches, talent, and resources. This is another version of the Chinese adage, “give a man a piece of fish, and you feed him for the day, but teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”


LEAD THE WAY BY THE EXAMPLE OF OUR WORK: Seventh, any whining and complaining is not going to make any difference to the world, as it will only drain the precious energy of the whiners by turning them away from doing things that make a difference. Instead of whining and complaining, the time spent for such whining and complaining should be used for activities that are more productive.

Eight, leading by the example of our work is the best way to influence others to imitate the good things we do. Often, people imitate what we do, not what we tell them to do.

Indeed, these eight principles of making a difference have propelled Col. Joe Mina to positions of leadership not only in Rotary, but also among senior citizens of Plaridel, who chose him to be their long-time president, too. Congratulations.


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