Goals and their importance
Happy New Year to you all. It is New Year’s Eve day and I find it hard to believe that yet another year has so quickly gone by. It absolutely is true, the older we get the faster time goes. As a child birthdays never came fast enough. Christmas always seems so far away. And now all we want to do is slow our time down. We want to spend more time doing all the things we love to do.
It is also a time when we reflect on our last year. Did we get to visit all the people we wanted? Did we do all the good we could for as many as we could? When time slips away so quickly you should all take a very close look at how your life went for the year. Was it all you really wanted it to be? Did you travel where you wanted to? Did you lose the weight you thought you should? The list could go on forever.
I always set goals. Each day has the same number of hours in it and I will try to make every one of them count. As I am taking more time each day to do things I really want to make sure that what I am doing is exactly what I intent to do for that day. A very important “Goal” is set in place at this time. By 2018, I pray that Rotary will achieve its goal of eradicating Polio from the face of the earth. I am a 1948 polio survivor and for the past 2 and a half years I have been sharing my story with churches, local Rotary Clubs thanking them for all they are doing and visiting schools to share my story about not treating someone who is different – differently.
I am not alone is this effort. Since 1985, Rotary has been working with our global polio eradication partners WHO (World Health Organization) Unicef and CDC (Center of Disease Control). All are strengthening their efforts and are placing the greatest demands on Nigeria to finish the job. Rotary Clubs from around the world are all working together. There have been four free health camps organized in Pakistan this year. Rotary Club District 3271 of Karachi Sea View have been training mothers to welcome the Polio teams to give the vaccine to their children.
Ann Lee Hussey is a member of the Rotary Club in Sunrise, Maine. She is also a polio survivor and has been through surgeries, braces and therapy to help with her ability to get around. She contracted polio at 17 months, 3 months after the Jonas Salk vaccine was released to the public. She has led 6 teams to Nigeria to help vaccinate the children there against polio. I contracted polio long before there was a vaccine to protect me.
On Friday October 24, 2014 I spoke to the children at Pacelli High School in Austin, Minnesota. KIMT TV was there and broadcast that evening the importance of knowing that the world is not polio free and what each of us can do to help. Also, make sure that your children and grandchildren have completed their vaccinations for the polio virus.
“Courage is born at the point where God’s grace and human effort intersect.” From the book “The discernment of the Spirit” by Father Timothy M Gallagher. Guidepost magazine.
To follow Rotary and the work that they are doing please go to blog.rotary.org/tag/polio-survivor.
To view my book “All the Steps I have taken” go to Inspiring Voices