New Year, New Commitments

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“Therefore, I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” – Matthew 6:25-29

What are we going to do with or lives in this new year? Have we thought of what our contribution will be to ourselves, our community, our family, and our neighbour? As I ponder over my life, I try to see it through the eyes of a bird or a lily to understand my role and place in this time of history. The world needs leaders and yet we all share the responsibility to lead within our circle of influence.

Gordon B. Hinckley stated: “It is the future with which we must be concerned. We face great opportunities and great challenges…We will stand up where we fell and go forward.” So, am I going to be consumed by the missed opportunities or the mistakes I made? Will I look at the offence I received years ago or at the wrong I suffered through the hand of another? Or will I stand up for myself and go forward? As individuals, this is the year we need to reach for the one. This is the year we need to recommit and look at our contribution to the community by being an example of service and dedication. An ancient spiritual leader once said: “And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked…ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of succor…”. I know I am busy with work and many other things, but I will find the time to pause and serve. I will commit now and undoubtedly to reach out and succor. “For behold, are we all not beggars?”. I know I am and I am in need of my family, my friends and the community as only in my social belonging I can find solace. Will you?





About alby59

Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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2 Responses to New Year, New Commitments

  1. Ray Dykes says:

    Have just got back from New Zealand and Australia and family, family, family. We were reminded as we get older (you are excluded, of course) how much we perish family and friends. Thank you for your timely reminder.
    Ray Dykes and a friend

  2. Ray Dykes says:

    Wish I could make that cherish rather than perish. Now there’s a freudian slip. My family is aging as is obviously is my brain.

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