As I write this, I’m sitting in the lobby of the hotel I’m staying at in Toronto, Canada. I’m back in the homeland to participate in the international conference of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.
Earlier this morning (yesterday when you read this) we were honored to have Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and philanthropist, deliver the keynote address to kick off our association’s gathering. I’ve heard tons of keynotes in my time in this business, but none of them have inspired and challenged me the way Stephen Lewis did this morning.
At one point during his comments, Mr. Lewis used the phrase “artisans in the field” in describing the important work we, as development officers and fundraisers, are doing in our respective communities and hospitals.
What an absolutely powerful way to look at the work and calling we all have. Consider the implications when you describe the work you do by using the term “I am an artisan in the field” … It brings a completely different meaning to what we do. Maybe it;s just me, but being an artisan sounds more meaningful than being <insert your “title” here.>
Regardless of the work we do and in the sector of the economy we work in, we have important work to do. On the days when the not-so-sexy-and-interesting part of our jobs makes us question the what and why of what we do, we can lean on the words of Ambassador Stephen Lewis and remember that we are, in every moment of our lives, artisans in the field toiling for a better tomorrow.
Be well and make it a great day!