I began carving out my place in the world in my 20s. I was a husband, father, sales manager, musician and artist. Those were my identities. I also engaged in a variety of other hobbies and activities including serving as a Lion. Over time, slowly but then suddenly, being a Lion was not something I did. It became who I was. I saw it as a calling, my way of contributing to society in a powerful and highly effective way. My identity had become intertwined with being a Lion.
In this month’s LION Magazine, we profile active Lions from around the world. We interviewed these Lions, and we wrote down what they told us. For them, too, being a Lion is far more than a diversion or pastime. It’s how they define themselves and how they interact with their community. Being a Lion is not merely a way of giving back but also a way of life.
It’s fitting we focus on our identity as Lions as the New Year beckons. Identity is never a fixed thing. As filmmaker Steven Spielberg said, “All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we are the same person all our lives.” So no matter where you are on the spectrum of Lions–fully engaged, moderately active or disengaged–resolve to become more involved. Based on my own experience, I can assure you that your life will be immensely enriched. The best thing you can do for yourself is to serve others.
Joni and I wish you health and happiness this holiday season. We thank each and every Lion for your service and look forward to a spectacular, service-filled 2015.