Making sense of a very strange day
In the wee hours of the morning, as I was trying to make sense of a very strange day, I read a tweet that suggested we all just go to bed and rest. Tomorrow would come, as would the next day, and the next.
And I thought, of course the days would come and we will trudge on. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. We serve a sector that is about civic dialogue and participation, social innovation and justice, and most of all, we are sector that is inclusive. So let me be a gentle voice of reassurance today.
Our work is noble, our voice is important and we need to step back and remember why we serve a nonprofit organization, whether as grantmakers or grantees – we see the problems and we see ways to meet them in creative and meaningful ways. And we make a difference.
We may have to rally our causes more, because fear and hate are hard to overcome. But when we welcome trust, compassion, justice and the belief that we all have special gifts to share, it’s easier to disassemble the issues behind the fear and the hate and create conversations about what’s really important.
I’m grateful for the work you do each and every day, encouraging people and organizations to be their best, and sharing the message of hope and healing. But don’t forget that as we navigate through the next few days, weeks and months, it’s okay to spend time nurturing yourself, taking care that you are rested, not weary, enlightened and not down-hearted and filled with hope rather than hopelessness.
Perhaps the tweet was right, maybe we can just take it one day at time and get a good night’s sleep.
Suzanne T. Allen