Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Re-igniting Your Fire Using Social Communications

Everyone can feel a little down from time to time. Especially after a big push or a big disappointment. We've talked a lot about how you can use social communications to get your message out, to share your triumphs, to ask for assistance. But have you ever thought of using it on those days that are a little bit darker - when it's a little harder to get out of bed, you're a little slower getting started and the list of things TO DO seems a little too long?

I felt that way this morning, wondering if I'm making any kind of impact or doing any kind of good. Then I got this:

This was created to celebrate the re-opening of one of the world's greatest museums. I was enthralled watching it, thinking of all the work that went into it: costumes, animals, timing, paperwork, actors, acrobats, stuntmen, artists... the list goes on. And it came together so beautifully to remind Nederlanders (the Dutch) about the wonderful art they are heir to and how that art can impact our modern lives.

No doubt many people unfamiliar with Rembrandt's work or the Rijksmuseum now know something about both and from the comments on the many sites that embedded this video, art is a lively topic for conversation.

Although it would be nice for a small nonprofit like yours to have such a viral video, even without one, you can benefit: you can be inspired, you can share your own ideals and have conversations in social media places that encourage you, give you ideas, provide both reward and respite.

As Teddy Roosevelt said, "Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have." I am grateful for the work you do every day to try to make the world a better place, doing the best you can with limited resources in a world that knows no end of need. You inspire me.

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