INSPIRATION IN DARK TIMES
We are all adjusting to a different way of life. Fear of a highly contagious new virus is one challenge. Enforced physical distance is another. Is our world crashing around us? I think not. Indeed, the stock market is crashing. But wealth is not why we are here, is it?
It is a choice each moment: Will I worry about a million things I cannot control outside myself? Or will I turn inward and double up my spiritual practice? When I focus outwards, as you might imagine, I get riled up in the discussion of a $2 trillion-dollar federal bailout. What will become of millions of nonprofits who, like SEED Impact, provide far-reaching community services on very small budgets? Economic crisis is our norm; we live in full-out service to people in need. Will it get even harder? How will we continue?
The key, I find, is to turn inward, be silent, and connect with the ground of my being, unlimited Love — that's true for each and all of us.
Are you tapped into a virtual community that supports your spiritual practice? Happy to share what works for me. Below you can sign-up to receive future communications on this topic. "We'll talk." Our team at SEED Impact also wants to tell you about nonprofits that inspire us. Here's one that spreads a lot of love:
Introducing Agassiz Village. Agassiz Village is a stellar not-for-profit that creatively offers a summer camp experience as an opportunity for children to develop leadership and social-emotional competencies. With a mission to prepare youth for life's journey, Agassiz Village provides girls and boys from under-served communities throughout the Greater Boston area with an unforgettable, life-changing overnight summer camp experience in Poland, Maine.
Building on its 83-year history of offering industry-leading programming, four years ago Agassiz Village kicked up its visionary work even further by integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into its arts and crafts, field games, swimming and boating activities. Enter SEED Impact. It is a joy to apply our approach to SEL outcomes measurement to programs that deliver SEL so earnestly. Children experience the summer of their lives in a stunningly beautiful setting and, after just two weeks, find themselves up to 20 percent more equipped for school and life success!
Two invitations: 1) Sign up below. We'll be in touch to share opportunities, and welcome your inputs to share with others.
2) Give to The SEED Fund. Every gift to The SEED Fund allows us to equip nonprofits like Agassiz Village with what they need to envision, measure, report and scale outcomes. Wishing you peace in these tumultuous times. May we all keep the faith, and spread the love – it grows and grows!
Melinda Lackey is Co-founder and Director of SEED Impact, which has assisted more than 250 diverse nonprofit initiatives to communicate and coordinate action more efficiently, sustain higher performance and achieve greater social impact.