Well, it was bound to happen! Would you believe that I have been writing articles for the Florida Elks News (now Florida Elks Magazine) since I became State Secretary in 2002? Then, in 2013, I decided to step them up a bit and make them a little more motivational. So, every three months for the last nine years, I have been writing the more motivational-type messages, and for the first time, I am stumped and unable to come up with a topic for this quarter’s article!
Each of us can look back on our lives and think of at least one person who inspired us along the way. Perhaps it was a parent or family member. Maybe it was a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a celebrity, or an author. More than likely, we probably don’t remember exactly what they said, or what they did, or even how they did it. When we think about their inspiration, our memories trace back to more about how they made us feel!
How many times in life are we given the opportunity to push the reset button on our Elks lodges? I am not talking about a Bill Murray from “Groundhog Day” reset where we wake up every morning and get to relive the previous day until we get it right. I am talking about the new dawn type of reset like when Michael Bublé sings “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me” type of reset — a reset that will help us feel good again! We know with each setting sun that dawn will come. How will we adapt to this new dawn? Our success will be measured by our reaction, not to making things happen, but to what has happened and what is happening!