“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” --George Sand, 1870
Category: Voice of our CEO
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unfortunately, you have heard me say on too many occasions, how inept, self-centered and downright “heartless” our political ruling class is when it comes to taking care of America’s children. Let’s be fair--it is both the Ds and Rs who have dropped the ball and turned a deaf ear. In my mind, this is unconscionable and inexcusable, especially in a country as capable and wealthy as the United States!
The October classic, the World Series, just ended: the Boston Red Sox have emerged as the “World Champions.” So many eyes were glued to their TV sets in great anticipation, wondering if their team will prevail. Now, Boston fans are filled with joy and ecstasy, while Dodger fans are filled with bitter disappointment. But there can only be one “Champion", at least in a sports competition. And thus, this concept is what frames our modern concept of Champions.
I’ve always loved the fall. Harvest season, autumn; our transition from the heat of summer towards the cool tranquility of winter. Autumn is a bold reminder of an axiom of life–we reap what we sow! This is the law of Harvest. No crop will emerge to be harvested without their first being seeds sown; conversely, whatever we sow in life will inevitably produce something, sometimes good and sometimes not so much.
Over the past couple of decades, I’ve had the opportunity to provide a number of workshops and lectures on the importance of organizational Leadership. It goes without saying, every organization is a reflection of its leadership. This standard holds true for government as well. The passing of Senator John McCain this past week pushed me into a very contemplative frame of mind. As I ruminated on his life and impact, one word dominated my thinking – LEADERSHIP!
When I incorporated the Family Care Network almost 31 years ago, I had a very clear vision of how I wanted the organization to integrate with the community, and for how the community to integrate with the organization. In fact, we embedded this precept within our mission statement: “to enhance the wellbeing of children and families, in partnership with our community!” Legally, we are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Public Benefit Corporation, but for all intents and purposes – we are a Community-Based Organization! Let me explain the difference.
Every day it seems, the clinical staff at the Family Care Network are exercising their most imaginative and creative thinking in an effort to figure out what to do with youth referred for placement whose behaviors are so extreme that no one wants them. How would you like to take into your home a young lady who was removed from the “highest level of care and treatment” group home for assaulting staff and other foster youth? Or a youth addicted to heroin and other substances, who refuses help, and who can become assaultive and continually runs away to get high?
Like its predecessors, the 31st year of the Family Care Network has been amazing, challenging and extraordinarily fruitful. We began the year with our grand celebration of the passing our 30 year milestone–oh, what a wonderful experience. We were quite humbled to be recognized by so many entities, including our San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, all of our state representatives, officials and members of Congress, along with many local business leaders and community partners.
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” Best Selling Author – Joel A. Barker.
I’ve always found it rather interesting how many people just live in the “here and now,” with little foresight or thought about the future. How sad to see folks just trudge along, day after day, without a sense of anticipation, aspirations, and no remarkable pursuits – no VISION! That is not living, that’s drudgery.