I feel revived.
I received a little note in the mail today.
It was from one of the kindest people I know - and with it was a small donation to the Church.
The amazing thing about this little letter is that it came just as I was feeling a little worn down on the blog.
However, JoAnn was kind enough to mention a metaphor from a recent blog post.
JoAnn and her husband, Bill, are amazing people. Two of their daughters are on staff at the St. Louis org, and are both among our more stable and productive staff members. I believe this is the result of the strong work ethic that their parents provided as an example to them - both JoAnn and Bill work together as dentists in the same office - probably one of the few offices anywhere at which the receptionist must announce that the caller has reached "Doctors Kathrein office."
Further, they are leaders in our fundraising efforts, being double Humanitarians.
I also have to mention that they are avid motorcycle riders, and Bill has been honored with the "Iron Butt" award for his lengthy outings on a Harley. (This may be self-assigned... you'll have to ask him)
This little letter and donation that arrived in the mail this morning meant much more to me than you may guess. The intention behind the gift is meaningful. It reminds me that we are in a reciprocal relationship - fundraisers and donors. The fundraisers inspire donors, who in turn inspire the fundraisers, so that they can continue to do their job so that everyone wins.
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike