This morning I woke up to read a beautiful message – circulated in a WhatsApp Chat Group created for a select group of Rotary Leaders around the world. I found it so meaningful, I would like to share it for my readers here - so you too understand why it is important that you contribute to keeping the fire of unity burning.
A man, who regularly attended meetings with his friends, suddenly without any notice stopped participating.
After a few weeks, one very cold night the leader of that group decided to visit him.
He found the man at home, alone, sitting in front of a fireplace where a bright and cozy fire burned. The man welcomed the leader. There was a great silence.
The two men only watched the dancing flames around the logs that crackled in the fireplace.
After a few minutes the leader, without saying a word, examined the embers that formed and selected one of them, glowing most brightly of all, removing it to the side with a pair of tongs. Then he sat down again.
The host was paying attention to everything, fascinated. Before long, the lone ember flame subsided, until there was only a momentary glow & the fire soon went out.
In a short time what was previously bright light and heat had become nothing more than a black & dead piece of coal.
Very few words had been spoken since the greeting.
Before preparing to leave, the leader with the tongs picked up the useless coal & placed it again in the middle of the fire. Immediately, the ember was rekindled, fueled by the light & heat of the burning coals around him.
When the leader reached the door to leave, the host said: Thank you for your visit and for your beautiful lesson. I'll return to the group soon.
Why is the group extinguished.....?
Because each member that withdraws takes fire & heat from the rest.
It's worth reminding group members that they are a part of the flame.
It's also good to remind us that we are all responsible for keeping each other's flame burning & we must promote the union among us so that the fire is really strong, effective and lasting.
THE GROUP IS ALSO A FAMILY
It doesn't matter if sometimes we are bothered by so many messages that reach the chat. What matters is to be connected. We are here to meet, learn, exchange ideas or simply to know that we are not alone.
Let's keep the flame alive.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR FIRE