It is that time of year again…resolutions abound. Everyone wants to do more of this or less of that, they want to start doing X or stop doing Y. Whichever way you cut it, people want to improve themselves as they see it.
And in a few weeks, we will inevitably hear the shattering of thousands if not millions of resolutions. With that in mind, I have some resolutions for my Fraternity and Sorority Friends out there that would be beneficial for us to at least think about:
1) Resolve to follow your Creed or Oath. We put together these big elaborate ceremonies, some secret and some not so secret, and these words are spoken. They are considered sacred, or they should be. But how many of you take the time to re-read and reflect on those words? One of the awesome things my chapter did during my last few years was that we would read the oath, having the brothers recite it at least once a semester beyond just our ritual. We would discuss it and describe what it meant to us as we really dug deeper. These were not just words we said, but words we meant to follow. Know your oath.
2) Resolve to act on your motto, principles, and values. These are elements of our organizations that have made us different from merely being social clubs. These connect us to generations of our organizations. Isn’t it time we show that we are men and women of character and not just talk the talk but walk the walk as well?
3) Resolve to maintain our commitment to service and philanthropy. We spend many hours in our undergraduate careers raising huge amounts of money and putting in countless hours of service. It is a side of our organizations that is quite often overlooked and quickly forgotten as we leave our careers, but should it be? Even just a few hours a month make a difference somewhere.
4) Resolve to donate. Make contributions to the organizations that have given us so much. Whether it be a few dollars a year or something a whole lot more, give others the opportunity to enjoy that as well and give your organization or chapter the resources to flourish as they recruit more men and women to wear your letters.
5) Finally, Resolve to meet other FSL Members. By all means, meet up and hang out with your brothers and sisters, but take some time to get to know folks from other chapters and councils. Remember that you are all Greek but you all had a very different experience. Share, grow, and help one another.
I am suggesting these for one very simple reason, to improve your life and the quality of FSL everywhere. Resolve to improve yourself and in the process, your organization. As the popular post on TJ Sullivan’s blog says, “You are always wearing your letters.”