February President’s Message
Crash! I watched in horror as the beautiful plate my grandmother hand painted 100 years ago and my mother lovingly protected and saved for me for most of those years fell to the floor, propelled by my very own hand. It was the first thing Monday morning and I thought Oh! What bad luck—it’s going to be a horrible week! Then I calmed myself and realized that I was the one who put the plate too close to the phone and I was the one who decided I had to grab the phone as fast as possible without judging the proximity of the plate. Then, I stopped to consider the concept of luck. By definition, it is “a seemingly chance happening of events which affect one”. Another definition could be “fate”.
Last week I was fortunate enough to be the substitute teacher for the Cool Cats at CA Frost. At the end of the first day, Julie Swanson, a teacher and long-time friend/colleague looked at the kids and asked me, “Aren’t we lucky?” My answer was a definite “Yes!” What might follow that would be, “Aren’t we, as Quotarians, lucky to be able to share and, hopefully, help this group of wonderful young people?” Again, the answer would be “Oh, yes!”
Is it luck? We make choices in our lives. We have chosen to share and make a difference. We have chosen how to share by joining Quota. We have chosen with whom we share. We can thank Emily for making a connection with Cindy, Julie, and the Cool Cats. Emily chose us and then she chose the Cool Cats. We, as a group, have dedicated time and energy, but we receive so much in return. Would you say we are ‘lucky’ choosers?
Of course, the Cool Cats are not the only recipients of our financial support, but they have become a focus of our need to make a difference and then see that difference in them through our activities together. Not only do we need them, but are lucky enough to be able to learn so much from them.
February is a month when hearts abound to remind us of love. We all have love to give and are lucky when we find someone to take it. Fortunately, our ‘luck’ started when we chose to join Quota.
Happy loving February everyone! You could be lucky enough to be at the Winter Camp on Feb. 11.