It’s been awhile since I posted on my blog, mostly due to all the insane travel I’ve been doing. Soon I’ll be posting a photo album of the all the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met, but for now I want to address the things happening in our world. Many people who are in my network and who read this blog are what I call social entrepreneurs. You’re in the business of making this world a better place, and doing your best to make a living while doing so. While these hard economic times are difficult for all, they especially challenge the do-gooders. In the face of layoffs, funding cuts and foreclosures, it’s easy to lose sight of why we are on our respective missions.
Nearly everyone I know (myself included) has either personally or professionally been affected by these economic hard times, and it’s our challenge to see potential in this new reality. Not to be Pollyanna, but I sincerely believe (and have proof from my own life) that behind every closed door lies an open window. The breeze outside is warm and welcoming, as if to say, “Come see what new and fun opportunities I have waiting for you!” You then have three choices. #1: Look at the window in disbelief, assume it’s a farce and don’t investigate. #2: Walk to the window, stick your head out and think about scaling the rope ladder out – but are held back by your fear of heights. #3: Choose to believe the sun is shining brighter outside, and it’s time to find a new playground.
Times like these are bigger than tests of our finances. It’s a test of our faith. Faith in ourselves, in each other, in the future and in the possibility of taking this meager time to figure out a better way of doing business. As Gavin de Becker says in his book The Gift of Fear, “Americans worship logic.” We have a hard time believing anything without hard-core evidence that is guaranteed to come true. But if we look to the logic of stock markets or banks or government for reassurance right now, it’s not a pretty picture – and it probably won’t become one for quite awhile.
If a door in your life was just slammed shut, what is the open window beckoning you to do? If your business is down, perhaps this free time will allow you to re-vamp your website? If funding just got pulled from your non-profit, what fundraising strategies can you create to become more self-sufficient? If you just lost your job, what dream will this new-found free time allow you to pursue?
It’s all about the open windows. Look outside, take a deep breath, make the leap!