Posted by Ingvar Haraldsson

Our guest speaker on March 11, Maria Hegardt-Janson, is the President of the Lund International Rotary Club. She describes herself as "a physician, a mother-of-three, a godmother-of-five, a dog owner and a girlfriend." Here's what she says about her presentation:

"Be the inspiration” is the motto for our International Rotary President, Barry Rassin. As my presidential year coordinated with his, I chose to take the same motto. Inspiring others is what motivates me in many aspects of my life. Not that I am an influential blogger or anything like that, but in my everyday life I meet a lot of people, both privately and workwise. And if my small actions, like finding a new café with delicious cakes, or running in the woods, can inspire somebody else to go out in the woods and stroll or run and then treat oneself with the nice cakes at the café, then I might have brought some sunshine into that person’s life.

So what inspires Maria?            

"As a Padiatric Surgeon and a woman, I am inspired by stories of strong women such as my sister, my mother, my grandmother, the many women I met in Kenya, Africa this summer… (there are of course some men on my  list as well, but they often get all the praise anyhow).

I get inspired by good speakers, by adventurers recounting their stories, by my patients and colleagues… I will share some of these stories with you, and hopefully inspire you!

Has anyone ever inspired you to change your life in a significant way that made you healthier, happier, or more fulfilled? If so, you understand the difference that positive inspiration can make in a person’s life. Inspiration is powerful, but it isn’t easy. Would you like to return the favor by making a positive difference in the life of your friends, family, or co-workers? If you want to be a positive influence capable of inspiring your loved ones to become better versions of themselves, please consider these 5 ways to inspire people around you

1. Care 

2. Be enthusiastic 

3. Admit your flaws 

4. Earn trust = not a gift !  

5. Build people up