A pep talk and a Space Jam – A letter to my team….

I was at the local and national disability services conferences (ARRM and ANCOR) over the last two weeks and was overwhelmed by the work ahead of us in our sector.  We have staffing challenges, legislative changes, Medicaid is under attack, housing is sparse, transportation is lacking, our clients need us more than ever as they age… the space we work in seems endlessly challenging and exhausting.   On top of that, we are inundated by all the bad news in the world; Las Vegas, Houston, Puerto Rico, Charlottesville …  it seems never ending.

But, I was also reminded of how important our work is and how many truly good people are making a difference every day.  Leaders of other organizations shared their issues, their ideas and their passion.  We heard amazing speakers who inspired us to think broadly, creatively and without limits and challenged us to be a part of the solution.  We saw examples of people self-advocating and bringing along their peers.  And, I was struck by some really insightful quotes…

For our employees “we want heart throbs, not heart beats”  and “our clients don’t live in our workplace, we work in their homes”

For our clients “ with people, not for people” and “assist, don’t serve”

And…best of all, I was reminded of Kid President. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s an internet sensation out to spread awesomeness and remind us that we are each amazing but that we also need to get going….  He has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone condition) and had 75 bone breaks before he was 9 yrs old.  And, he loves to dance.

Take 5 minutes today to get a pep talk … https://www.ted.com/talks/kid_president_i_think_we_all_need_a_pep_talk

And then tell me….

What will be your Space Jam?

YOU are the goodness in the world.  I am grateful for each of you.

Make it an awesome day.