Posts filed under ‘A Better You’
My dear friend in Chicago, Sarah A. Jolie posted this to her Facebook timeline today. I asked if I could share it, she agreed.
Today friends lay to rest their son/godson/brother/friend who lived 24 of his 25 years with cancer. He was an inspiration. Not just because of his survival, but because of the joy, humanity and resilience he embodied.
As I try to process all that is happening today, the theme has been RESPONDERS. Those who are keeping us safe, those who kept the cancer at bay, those who gave their coats to the runners even though they were cold themselves, those who brought meals to Andrew’s family so they could focus on being well, those who ran to the hospitals to give blood on monday, those who opened their homes in Texas because a neighborhood was gone, those who called to make sure everyone was okay (either on Monday or after one of Andrew’s many moments of battle), etc.
We are all (or can be) responders. We all must be. There are bad things that happen, but as Patton Oswalt said so well,
Just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.
Peace to you Andrew, to Boston, to Texas, to all of us and those in Boston in my life who are too numerous to name. Peace.
As some of my readers know, I purchased a BodyMedia Fit armband two years ago. I lost 30 pounds with this little gadget along with a great personal trainer, increasing exercise and decreasing intake.
I want to thank fellow Rotarian Helen Blunden of Activate Learning Solutions in Melbourne, Australia for sharing this with me on Twitter during #rotarychat. We were discussing Millennials and she shared this great Vimeo video from Box 1824.
So we could continue to roll our eyes at Gen Y, accuse them of being spoiled and entitled and clueless little brats. We could wish that they’d get taken down a peg by the “school of hard knocks” and learn to accept that this is just the way things are.
But if we’re smart, we’ll cheer them on. Be selfish, Gen Y! Be entitled! Demand what you want. Because we want it, too.
How many donors do you think read the thank you letter as opposed to glancing to make sure their name and address are correct and that they have the tax deductible amount and tax ID correctly written?
I am still coming off the high of information and action from #MCON2012 and then this post Feet on the Street from Seth Godin appeared today. Seth has shared some great tips for us nonprofiteers. An organization (read nonprofit) with feet on the street and alert and regular attention to detail can build more trust and develop better relationships than one than hits and runs.