by Sue Graber
Do you ever feel discouraged when you've been working towards something for what you feel is an "eternity" but seem to get nowhere? I'm here to encourage you to stick with it! Don't give up, especially on a bad day!
I'm sure all of us at some time or another have had that feeling that despite what we feel is a lot of long, hard work, that we're not getting anywhere — a bit like literally being "stuck" in the mud!
I was thinking back this past weekend to a time in my life when I had volunteered to help a nonprofit organization. I was put on a team of people who were assigned to go around to various "big businesses" in our area to ask them to support the cause of this nonprofit.
This organization was near and dear to my heart because it was a nonprofit that had helped my brother's family when he was tragically killed in a farm accident.
It became my mission, if you will, to do something positive that would make a difference to others who were going through a similar situation. The organization, Amanda the Panda, helps families, children specifically, deal with the loss of a loved one.
I decided that even if it meant "getting out of my comfort zone," I was going to make a difference and do everything I could to support this nonprofit organization.
Because I had that strong "mission" or "WHY" in my heart, I was able to help raise funds. Telling "my own story" as I presented myself to these companies allowed me to get through my own grief.
One of the companies, I needed to call back multiple times to get an "answer" as to whether they would provide $ for this organization. I will never forget the comment from the lady I met with, "I have never met anyone so persistent about following up."
I was able to make a contribution at a time when I needed to be out there serving others to forget my own trials. It made me realize I could do anything I set my mind to if I would stay consistent.. And with the power of God, it turned out to be a very meaningful experience.
Don't let fear stop you from doing something you know is important and on your heart. You will find a way if you trust God and believe that all things are possible.
It was a great feeling to know I had a positive impact… Staying persistent enabled me to make a difference!
What's going on in your life that causes you to "stay in the game" — stay persistent? What are you passionate about that moves you to keep going no matter what?
Sue Graber has been happily married for 35 years, raising 3 daughters while working creatively from home in a variety of roles, including being a fund-raising specialist. She loves reaching out to others in kindness and is on a mission. She has an amazing ability to teach others how to build and nurture relationships, spend quality time with their families while establishing their own card and gifting business. Sue is passionate about showing others how they, too, can make a difference every single day!