I recently received a Merry Christmas message from Steve Rice, a friend and colleague of many years--great words for the close of this year:
Why am I doing this? We have all asked ourselves this question at some time or another in our work. It is usually at a time when things are not going well or the way we expected them. It is when morale is down and service has become a drudgery instead of a joy. We often can get lost in the myopic view of the every day and lose sight of the big picture.So it can be helpful to stop in the 'busy'ness of service and remind ourselves why we work so hard and toil with such diligence. Why do we spend our time, our skill, our resources on projects that we may or may not see personal results from? The simple answer is we have all been called to serve.We have been called to serve to make this world a better place. We have been called to serve our fellow men in all their plights. We have been called to serve each other and pass on to others as we have been given by those who first served us. As the old Navy ads used to say, "It's not just a job, it's an Adventure!"As the holidays approach and we enter our busiest fundraising season of the year, it would be a good time to take a moment and remind ourselves why we are doing what we are doing. Let that vision of the results of service be your inspiration. Let it encourage you to deeper levels of service and commitment to your cause and give you strength and stamina for the days ahead.
You can find out more about Steve and his firm here.