This month, the message is simple. I want to remind you to breathe.
The last few months have been crazy. I know it’s always crazy, but crazier than usual. With the levy work, community outings, caseload crisis, fall maintenance & cleanup projects, staff fingerprints, and that little thing called CARF – it’s a lot. That’s why this month’s message is not only a HUGE thank you for hanging in there, but also a reminder to be true to yourself among the madness.
Just stop for a moment. Take some time to reflect. Ask yourselves, “Why do I do it?” I’m sure that each of you asks yourselves this question daily. But that is because you are stressed, frustrated, or exhausted. This time, ask yourself with purpose.
I think I know the answer for each of you. You do the work of the County Board of DD because you have a servant’s heart. We are here because every one of us has a personal calling to do this work. Our reasons for being here are all different, but at the end of the day, we have discovered that we love to help people. It feels good to find ways to offer those we serve the support and resources needed to succeed and achieve their independence.
I see the rewards of your efforts. You find resources, you find support, you find ways to make a difference – and when I stop to reflect – these are the things that leave me beaming with pride in the work we do here.
As CARF is here sifting through our documents, policies, and our work on paper, it reminds me of the constant movement of our agency. I’m reminded of the accountability, responsibility, and most importantly, the reward of the work. For me, there is no greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life. You do that every day.
So, I challenge you to remember why you do it. Why do you love it? Even if for just a moment … BREATHE. Stop the worry, stop stressing and enjoy the people that you serve. Enjoy the strides toward independence that those in our community with developmental disabilities have made because of your support. Soak in the experiences – and smile. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
No matter your position here, you play a role in the success of those we serve. Enjoy that success. Your kindness, patience, and passion are never wasted.
I found a quote from Helen Keller that says, “Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.”
Thank you for choosing a daring adventure and putting your heart and soul into the work of MCBDD. You are making our community a better place for those we serve.
Cheryl A. Plaster, Superintendent