Have I Mentioned Anna Grace Coming Into My Life?
Have I mentioned Anna Grace coming into my life? Anna Grace is our first grandchild. I know I mentioned her to my “brother-cousin” Edward, who tragically died when a horse threw him in Austin last May, but I’ve been with Anna Grace the last five days. And you know, Edward was right. He told me that grandkids are just children we are supposed to love, until you stick a finger out…and they grab hold to take you somewhere. Now that’s an amazingly ordinary moment.
Spending time with Anna the last few days got me thinking. What other moments in my ordinary life have been extraordinary? And isn’t it the amazingly ordinary things that impact us the most?
You put a zucchini squash seed in the ground, and if you miss checking on it …
My Dream Visit with a Fundraiser
I’m having a “too soon old, too late smart” moment. For 25 years as a YMCA director I had the privilege of engaging donors in our work. Now, for the last 18 years I’ve been on the other side of the table as a donor listening to many pitches. I wish I would have known what makes for a mutually gratifying donor conversation. I talked too much and listened too little.
I find it interesting, after someone pointed it out to me recently, that the words “LISTEN” and “SILENT” have the same letters in them. Bear with me here.
Today, this is the way my dream solicitation would go. First the fundraiser would ask these seven questions:
-How are you?
-What are you celebrating?
-Where are you winning?
-What challenges are you facing?
-How will you tackle those?
-How can I help?