“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Category: Voice of our CEO
When I speak about the ‘Power of One,’ I am not referring to the book written by Bryce Courtenay or the movie based on it. I am referring to the profound impact one individual can make that can reverberate exponentially to the benefit of many. This is not some catchy philosophy; it is a fact of nature. When I plant one green bean seed I yield dozens of green bean pods which produce hundreds of seeds. So too, when one plants a seed of care, compassion, concern, hope or encouragement, the same potential for fruition exists.
“The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.” There is no better exemplification of this axiom than the Social Worker. Social workers are wired uniquely – they are more than caring, they are obsessed with it. They are kind, patient, flexible, adaptive and passionate. Our world, and most of our lives, are made better because of the work that Social Workers accomplish.
I truly believe the proverb, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” I have seen this come to fruition time, and time again over the span of my professional life. Another axiom I picked up on my journey is this, “No man is so foolish that he cannot sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily falter if he takes no other counsel than his own.
Welcome to 2021. After the unforgettable, excruciating events of last year, most people are crawling to the door of change, desperate for fresh air and fresh hope! I’m just not so sure that there will be a bright line of distinction between 2020 and 2021. Truth is, plan on stumbling through the fog and traversing the quagmire produced by this pandemic along with our broken political system. But, as I have stated before, this season will pass. Now is the time for Tough Decisions and Hard Work!
On June 30th, 2020, the Family Care Network completed its 33rd year as a Public Benefit corporation serving the Central Coast. We started the year with great plans, were moving forward right on schedule, making remarkable progress, excited about the future, and then boom – everything seemed to explode! This is life, it happens to all of us, the Family Care Network is no exception. The operative question – what is our capacity to rise to the occasion and meet the day-to-day challenges head-on, undaunted, and without complaint? In essence, can we persevere? Welcome to FY 2019/2020, FCNI Year 33!
November is National Adoption Month. In today’s culture, Adoption is a very common, valued and esteemed activity. That has not always been the case. Here is a brief history of adoption in our country to provide a greater appreciation of our current social experience.
November 3rd marks the culmination of the 2020 election cycle – without a doubt the most significant election in the past century. This election clearly presents us with a bright line of choice between Democracy or demagoguery, choosing a government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” or authoritarian rule. It is a choice for decency, the rule of law and respect of all Americans, or continued desecration of the Office of the President, the corruption of American values and loss of our respect on the world stage.
October is “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”; but I really take issue with the whole premise of this focus. Being “aware” of Domestic Violence produces nothing! We are in the middle of a pandemic. Being aware of Covid-19 won’t protect you unless you do something about it. We hear it said multiple times every day–wash your hands regularly, wear a mask, social distance, avoid crowds, etc. Why? To prevent the spread of the virus! PREVENTION--not Awareness--is our goal!