This is a letter that I sent out after receiving bad news concerning the denial of funding, for one of the groups we consult.  I felt that it could be timely for everyone in these terrible economic conditions.  Let me know what you think.


Sometimes our lives seem to have been written by someone who wants to measure how much adversity we can overcome.  To be sure, yesterday was a major setback and a low point in the history of the organization, but we should remember that, in the midst of our current situation, “adversity reveals genius [and] prosperity conceals it.”

The [organization name omitted] has prospered for a while without having to focus on sustainability, and this has caused the stability of the organization to ebb and flow like the tides.  It is now clear that we must remain steadfast amidst these turbulent waters. We can allow these obstacles to threaten and derail us from our course and our mission and leave us feeling aimless and apathetic.

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgment of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” Yesterday we voted. We chose a path that builds upon our strengths and acknowledges our weaknesses. This is the time to move forward; it is the time to focus our efforts, and while our supporters might see that we are down, they should also know that we are not out. These are the moments that define us and test our strength. If you see someone that is discouraged, a few kind words can go a long way.  Giving a hug, a high five, or a note can keep someone going, can lift them to meet the challenges ahead. We need to make the effort and set aside the time to focus and to keep our eyes on the prize during this difficult time of transition.  I feel privileged to know that I am not alone in these tumultuous times; instead, I am joined by such a wonderful group of people whose dedication and commitment are unshakable given the setbacks that we have faced. I am grateful to all of you. Remember that while these moments might be trying, it is important to recall—to borrow from our motto—that it is only through problems that opportunities can be uncovered, realized, and applied towards a brighter future.