With the launch of our new site, I am so excited to start sharing some of my advice, experiences and opinions with all of our readers. I think it is so important that when we as a society see something that disturbs us or inspires us that we share it with others. Awareness and knowledge are the two areas that I feel we don’t pay enough attention to and I hope that by sharing some of my personal experiences, be it in life or related to dogs, that you will be moved to positive action. To effect change or highlight someone who is making a difference. To that end, I would like to start my first Ryan Writes blog post on a subject that I know everyone can relate to…getting along.
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt
For some who do not know, I am the creator of Houston Dog Blog and I have been actively blogging for more than six years. In that time I have seen and experienced many positives and negatives. The most confusing of all, to me, is that there is so much fighting and competition between groups and organizations that seemingly have such similar goals. This can be rescue groups, shelters or any of the countless non-profit groups that are created to help animals in need. Everyone says they do it for the animals, yet one group always claims to have the better idea/system/program, which they are happy to point out to others, often unsolicited. If the true motivation is saving animals why is one more important than the other?
Some groups and individuals seek attention, some stir up controversy and some seek to be the only ones to get their paws on the limited amount of funds floating around a community looking for a worthy cause. The truth is…we should all be working together and learning from each other so that each group can do their part to make a difference. People should share ideas and feel complimented when another group does a similar event rather than getting angry. If it was successful for your group, it could be a great way for them to reach their supporters. Chances are your audiences don’t overlap nearly as much as you think and the more awareness of great causes and ways to engage those who have never supported animal groups the better…right? As far as I can see, nobody has cornered the market on fundraising in this environment and no one group does something better than any other, regardless of what they care to think, because everyone is trying and that alone is an accomplishment. Each group faces its own specific challenges and until we have all walked in their shoes it is unfair to judge or compare.
I am so inspired by everyone who strives to make a difference in their community. Whether donating money, services or time, each action makes a difference to someone somewhere. There are always those that will say you are not doing enough or that they do it better, but don’t let these people dissuade you. You are appreciated and valued, whether it is publicized or not. You are unsung heroes and a huge part of creating a better place for our animals. It takes people from every walk of life to make a difference and you never know when you will inspire someone else to lend a hand. From now on, why don’t we all try to get along? If we can’t, perhaps we can try and go about our business without pointing out perceived flaws of others or pitting one cause or group against another. Think of how much happier you will be when you let go of the drive to compete and focus on the true goal of making a difference.
“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” -Benjamin Franklin
This article was written by LIFE+DOG editor Ryan Rice.
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