Photo: Tracey Lohman with her father DG Larry Lohman

Welcome Rotarians to October!  It is hard to believe that the First quarter of this Rotary years is already past.  Time really does fly, your tomorrows all to quickly become your yesterdays.  Take a minute and step back.  Look at what is going on around you and take time to enjoy it.
As District Governor I am sure you can imagine what my schedule may look like.  Not only am I DG, I work fulltime, and most importantly I am a father and husband.  Sometimes when juggling these we forget what our priorities are, and we allow one thing to dominate our time.  Dominating our time, no running our lives is closer to what happens.   Once this happens the next thing we know is that time has passed, and we are not sure what we have missed. 
Over the years I have fallen into this trap.   I had family and friends try to tell me that I needed to take time to rest, relax and spend time with my loved ones.  My response all to often was, Once I finished what ever I was doing I would take that time.  Most of the time I would still just move from one thing to the next without ever taking a break.   I found that I was stressed, not focused and honestly not very happy.  
As I have moved through life, I have come to understand why it is important to take time for myself and my loved ones.  Not taking this time is detrimental to your health, relationships, your family, work, and whatever you are trying to focus on.  By taking this time you are allowing yourself to recuperate.  When you have allowed your body the rest it needs, you will be able to perform at a much higher level, you will be happy and confident.
I have started setting aside time for myself, my family, and friends.  Friday evenings through the fall are spent watching my daughter march the halftime show at the football game.  Sundays are a day for me and my family.  I have found that I enjoy my time at work and serving as a Rotarian more when I have taken the needed time to relax and enjoy those around me.
Please set aside time for you to recuperate from your busy schedule.  Let me pass this piece of advice on that a very special person once told me.  “Rotary will always be here tomorrow”.
Yours in Rotary Service, 
Larry Lohman
District 6630 Governor 2021-2022
Tel: 330-322-2474