Wayne A. Madden 0000-00-00 00:00:00
That Old Lions Spirit Never Gets Old It’s easy to get discouraged. Just open up the daily newspaper. It’s the shootings, the wars and the abject poverty we hear about. But there is something about the human spirit that always rises above wrongdoing and abysmal situations. People in the worst circumstances can still see a glow in the human heart. Listen to this young girl: “It's really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Yes, that was the great Anne Frank. This special issue is about the human spirit and the Lions’ spirit. I’ve met Lions from all over the world, and honestly, they are mostly like anyone else. Some talk a lot. Others are quiet. Some are careful planners. Others dive right in. What Lions have in common is a desire to serve. They want to make the world a better place. I believe that nearly everyone does. So we are fortunate to have found an association like Lions where we can exercise our deep seated impulse to help others. For many, this is the holiday season, a time to reflect, to count our blessings, to make resolutions to do better. I ask you to appreciate the opportunity we have to serve others. We are surrounded by Lions like ourselves who believe deeply in our service mission. Don’t look at the TV news to shape your outlook. Just look around at your worldwide Lions’ community. The English poet John Keats said it best: Scenery is fine, but human nature is finer. Linda and I wish each of you the very best during this holiday season. May your hopes and dreams, both as a Lion and within your family, come true in 2013. Wayne A. Madden Lions Clubs International President.
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