From time to time, we put your comments into posts. Here’s one I couldn’t pass up, from Girls Education and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) Patti Binder, who blogs at What’s Good for Girls. Patti’s resilience story inspires me right back. –Deborah
I have been thinking of youâ€“ your honesty about whatâ€™s happening and your ability to write about it on a day to day basis are really amazing and inspiring. No doubt you and Marco are resilient and will have what it takes to get through this on the other side, perhaps even in a better position. If I can do anythingâ€“ let me know! Iâ€™d be happy to!
The recession sucksâ€“ and it amplifies everyoneâ€™s fears. In the non profit world, where I live, the loss of state contracts in the wake of Patersonâ€™s proposed budget, the increased competition for foundation dollars as their endowments take hits, or close all together in the case of Picower and Jehtâ€“ (all of their money was tied up in Madoff) we are now all â€œbunkering downâ€ in your words, running numbers, strategizing, crying, hoping, praying, and as always, working, working, working, and remembering the reason we do the workâ€“ the girls we serve.
Sometimes I feel my mind running all of the terrible what if scenarios..and I feel like its what people used to say about terrorism, you know, if you are afraid to go outside then â€œtheyâ€™ve won already.â€ I wasnâ€™t one to be wrapped up in fear and paranoia around the terrorism thing, but I do feel that its good to stop obsessing and worrying (but thinking and strategizing) or â€œthey will have won already.â€ I refuse to let the Madoffs and the Bushes and the Cheneys win in my personal worldâ€“
ramble, rambleâ€¦at any rate, thinking of you!