My son was married about a week ago. As a matter of some coincidence, they chose to be married at the Speakeasy - a place connected to our speaker's businessincubator. I hope it works as well for young couples as it does for young businesses.
The occasion of their marriage offered me time to reflect on love. Of all the emotions it is the most difficult to explain. The Apostle Paul wrote: "For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love."
I've set many goals in my life and achieved some success, but the achievement of which I am most proud is being married for 37 years. A life of love shared with my wife.
Our love has changed through the years - the Greeks were the first to determined there were four types of love. And I believe you can find all of them on display here today at Rotary:
Affection: We meet every week, sharing greetings, genuinely interested in listening to each other and doing business on the square. You may not think this is love but of the four kinds it is the most natural and widely experienced. An affection for nature, a cause, and a curiosity is love. What soul could thrive apart from that?
Friendship: The old saying: "Make new friends, cherish the old. One is silver the other gold" isn't an old saying here. It's a part of our four way test; a pledge we make not to Rotary . . . but to each other. Friendship is Chicken Soup for your soul. When you greet each other today consider it an opportunity to create a friendship that could last a lifetime.
Romance: Part nature but to this engineer's mind mostly mystery. Easier to witness than explain; in full view at my son's wedding and - at my wedding and at your wedding. Romance allows you to fall in love but land on clouds. Romance is rewarded with caring, acceptance and fulfillment - so why don't we have more of it?
Charity: We gather today under a banner of service above self. Unselfish love focused on bettering the world - but at the same time - ourselves. Anne Frank said: “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
So be more in love today...practice all the different kinds: Affection, Friendship, Romance and Charity. There probably isn't enough love in the world so commit yourself to making more of it today.