The new administration has left many feeling surprised, overwhelmed and at times, helpless. “What can I do given these swift changes?” “How can I make a difference?” “What is coming next?” I have found myself contemplating this often over the past few weeks and have gained inspiration by watching people come together for the greater good. Whether it is a peaceful protest, a letter to a politician or simply facing each day with a positive attitude, we all have the ability to make an impact.
Each of us has made a decision to work in the non-profit field, which means your work is making a difference in the lives of others every day. It is imperative that we remind ourselves of this – and we must remind those around us of the impact they are having as well. Whether it is a fellow staffer, a Board member or a volunteer, the time and effort they put forth to forward your organization’s mission is essential. We must lift each other up and reinforce the fact that the work we do is positively impacting others. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Keep your clients “front and center” in your daily routine and your conversations – they will inspire and energize you
- Thank those around you and remind them that your organization – and the clients you serve – need them
- Continue to participate in ways which make you feel empowered – write to your congressman, sign a petition, attend a discussion or serve on a committee in your community
- Look for extra ways in which you can make a difference to someone around you – help a neighbor or friend in need, serve at a soup kitchen, give the homeless person on your route a pair of gloves
I know I can’t influence policy, but I do have the ability to make a difference in the life of someone in my community. I have found a renewed sense of spirit in looking for more opportunities to make someone’s day a little brighter.