The Power of a Lion
I was watching National Geographic with my son some nights back about the wild animals in the grassland. And, at the center of the stage….a lion. It reminded me a lot about the reasons why our club is such a great organization to belong to. While lions are seen to be the fiercest in the animal kingdom, they’re also seen symbols of strength, courage, leadership, and protectors of their pride, hence the phrase ‘king of the jungle’.
Similar to a pride, we, as Lions also regard our club as a close family group…working together to protect and serve. When you join Lions Club you become a part of the pride, and when you join you join with the spirit and pride of a lion. We have done a lot of charity work over the years and have changed many lives, for 100 years. A pride of lions is more than just a group trying to survive…they are a family providing for others to make the world a better place. And, we can’t keep doing that without everyone’s help and contribution.
One of the many things we learned from lions is that the ability to share is the hallmark of a leader. Lions rarely eat an entire prey, they usually leave leftovers for other animals and vultures. It is hard to imagine that the Lion in spite of its voracious appetite, and the amount of food needed to satisfy its massive body needs, is still considerate enough to leave leftovers for carrion eaters. Similarly with Lions Club, there is no level of need that could prevent us from giving to others. Jack London gives us an advice: “A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is a bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
There are still a lot we could do to make our world a better place…we can continue position ourselves to do more if we have all hands on deck to grow our pride by strengthening our Lions family ties, working in a spirit of unity and innovation as we delivery meaningful accomplishments.
A lion’s roar can be heard from 8 miles away. Let’s continue to be the voice of those who need it and spread words of inspiration to encourage others to join our pride and serve. Our voice is part of our reputation as our roar precedes it everywhere it goes, that is why it is the epitome of our long reach and influence in making our communities better.
1st VDG Rod Mercado