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Reaching and Resting

posted Sep 4, 2019, 5:48 AM by Rebecca Baumann   [ updated Sep 4, 2019, 5:53 AM ]
Nicholas and Everly are my new teachers.  Both under the age of one, I have had the privilege of watching them grow during the last year.  We think about babies playing, but really, they are working all of the time.  Can I reach a little farther?  Pull myself up, fall down, and then try again?  That ridiculous noise is really funny, and I’m tired now, so just let me sleep.

I am reminded of the hard work required to learn a new skill.  Practice, practice, practice; and if you fall down, just get up and try it again.  I am reminded that things which were out of reach yesterday might be in within your grasp today.

In the world of nonprofits, it often seems like our goals are not attainable.  If we had the constant persistence of a 9-month-old, continually reaching, and trying yet one more time, perhaps we could learn to stand, to walk and then to run.

Perhaps we take ourselves too seriously.  In the midst of feeling ridiculous and foolish for even trying, a spontaneous giggle or a belly laugh might be the unexpected remedy.  We need to have fun and laugh for a mental and emotional break from our important labor.

Neither a toddler nor an executive director can make the best decisions and keep up their endless endeavors without taking care of ourselves with healthy food and proper rest.  

Allow yourself a set of new eyes on your mission.  Don’t lose sight of your goal, but interject laughter and rest into your day.