The more I love, the longer I love, the larger I become. Genuine love is self-replenishing. The more I nurture the spiritual growth of others, the more my own spiritual growth is nurtured. -M. Scott Peck
Once a year we get dressed up and go to the Rotary auction. The location may change, but the formula is time tested: two waves of silent auctions, the live auction during a plated chicken dinner, and a featured cause. It’s all pretty predictable.
What strikes me every year is the contribution mentality of the Rotarians. It’s a group of people that take seriously the Rotary International motto, service above self. They have made a commitment to this place and they steward with care. Many of them own a small business. They are doctors, accountants, insurance agents, and realtors. Sure, there is some enlightened self-interest at work here but it’s more than that. They have made a conscious choice to weave the fabric of community and to serve those in need.
Many of the Rotarians have found, as the Peck quote points out, that service is self-replenishing—their lives are enriched by volunteering at schools, by giving scholarships, and by stocking the food bank. The contribution mindset is more rewarding than an extraction mindset.
They gather every Thursday to learn together, to coordinate service, and to reinforce the contribution mindset. And once a year, they hold an auction.