Ron from Florida
Having a purpose in life is so critically Important- Ron
My wife Sue, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009. We had both just retired. When we were not traveling the world, she was spending her time at home, while I became much more involved in Rotary. In 2015, I was selected to be the 2018-19 District Governor for Rotary. At the time, many asked, "Are you going to be able to do the fulfill your obligations considering your wife's condition?" I vowed that I would. Today she is in an advanced state. I continue to be her primary caregiver, but I have not let that interrupt my work with Rotary. Fortunately, I was able to find a person that would watch my wife when I was involved with Rotary.
Rotary and its foundation are known for doing good in the world and for service above self, but I recognized, Rotary was doing an awful lot of good for me. Instead of staying in the house 24/7, I was out doing good, I had a purpose, and having a purpose in life, I came to realize, was so critically important to my own well being. Having purpose in life particularly after retirement beyond simply playing golf every day is critical and that message soon became one of the focal points for a very well received message to the members of those 48 clubs. I also came to realize that even though I was giving significant time and treasure to Rotary, it was giving me far more of what is truly important in life, a purpose.