Welcome to BW Missions Newsletter 23
On Saturday, March 28, I woke up from my second nap of the day to this text from my dad:
I didn’t just forget to wish my mom happy birthday; I missed the family video collaboration everyone sent in to celebrate her, too. All 27 years of my gold star son points went out the window. In case you didn’t know, my parents are divorced, and he still remembered her birthday!!
The irony in all of this is my mom is the person who taught me to turn over every rock in my life to find a solution when things get hard. She’s the one who’s always told me “if there’s a will, there’s a way.” She’s been there to remind me that every “no” I face is just one step closer to “not yet”. She never lets me give up. My mother gives me the strength to keep going whenever I want to throw in the towel.
COVID-19 has pushed me into overdrive: supporting my team; the people who depend on me and have believed in me since day one. Our clients have the urgent need to get their message out, right, and right now. My vision of the future has never been clearer. I can’t let everything I’ve built go out the window.To weather this storm, I need to be extremely proactive. If I can find the silver lining, we can maximize the opportunities ahead.
In the face of this pandemic, my worries and fears have really thrown me mentally off base. For a while. I was spending every second consuming too much of the negativity I saw all around me. Only when I made the right behavioral changes did I start to see the light. How did I regain my confidence? It all comes down to my mom.
My mother raised me to be resilient.
When I feel uneasy, sleepless, and on edge, memories of her calm and comfort me. I think back to the moments when I didn’t know where to turn next and realized I always made it through.
When I think of her, I know I can get through this – because she says I always do.
So Mom, ultimately this newsletter goes out to you. While I forgot you, I was really using what you taught me to find my pathway through all of this and find my positivity I could barely find 10 days ago. COVID will pass, and my struggle with it will never define me. Don’t let this time break you down, either.
Mark Metry: Newsletter 23 Featured Mission
Mark Metry is a TEDx Keynote Speaker, Amazon Prime’s The Social Movement Docuseries, and hosts the Global Top 100 Humans 2.0 Podcast. Beyond these accolades, he’s someone I deeply admire. We first connected when I was working on The Creative Curve book launch and Mark had Allen on his top podcast show. We hit it off, and have stayed connected ever since by sharing resources and networking opportunities. Connect with him on Linkedin here!
Mark always shows up fearlessly in conversations. He is one of the most motivated people I have ever met. One of the first things that struck me about him was how he truly cares about other people around him. I couldn’t be happier for him to release his first book about overcoming social anxiety. Snag your copy of Screw Being Shy here!
Growth: Newsletter 23
How to Discover Yourself: Understand You’ve Never Truly Found Yourself
Now is the perfect time to take a hard look in the mirror. It’s so crucial to understand that self-discovery is an evolving journey. It demands constantly reassessing who you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to go. As we navigate our path forward, we should take some time to look inward.
I can’t wait for you to read this article. It goes in-depth on what it means to recover after falling off the path. This article is the exact self-discovery toolkit I’ve used to get on the right path. I hope you find it valuable to push forward in this game of life.
How are you Helping the World?
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, I highly encourage anyone who has the means to donate to charity. Here’s a list of nonprofits providing critical care to those in need:
- National Food Bank Search
- Meals on Wheels – meal delivery for older community members
- Search for local mutual aid networks here – neighbors providing support to neighbors: https://www.mutualaidhub.org/
- CDC’s resource hub
Givebutter’s Digital Solution for Nonprofits Challenged By Social Distancing
If you’re with a nonprofit, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed. Having to cancel or postpone events? Online fundraising Givebutter is a social distancing-friendly online solution. Their new Livestream product is built specifically for virtual fundraising events, from ticket sales to streaming and payment processing in real-time. Sign up for free and start promoting your virtual event in minutes!
Staying Healthy Includes Mental Health, Too:
Improve Mental Wellness with Strength in Our Voices
Social distancing is non-negotiable right now, but it’s not easy, especially if you’re alone. Here’s a reminder that you never truly are! Local suicide prevention nonprofit Strength in Our Voices is creating digital resources to help, from WFH and quarantine toolkits to self-care and online therapy guides. Break up the negative news cycle by connecting with SIOV for a boost of positivity in your day. Consider supporting their vision: a community that embodies mental wellness.
Resources: Newsletter 23
From BW Missions:
- Check out the latest episode of our podcast, the One Away Show, with Caroline Pugh: One Mandela Connection Away From Thinking On a Global Scale. Learn about what drives her passion and read about her experience working with Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela.
- Read our recent article Questions of Humanity in a Time of Crisis for a behind-the-scenes look at launching our podcast, and the critical questions that have arisen in the world since.
Recommended From Our Community:
- Digging Deep When the World Looks Bleak: Read this book, Man’s Search for Meaning is our current book recommendation if you’re looking for a spark of hope right now to inspire you to tap into your inner strength.
- Facing Resilience Head on: Watch this movie, The Pride of the Yankees, to get inspired by the incredible story of resilience that is Lou Gehrig’s life story.
“Do things when you don’t need them, so when you need them, you have them.”
In times like these, it can be incredibly difficult to find the bright side. Look for the opportunity within the turmoil: think back to the past 12-24 months. Who are the people you’ve helped, the relationships you’ve built, and the favors you have done without expecting anything in return? How can you lean into those people to navigate through this period?
At their core, people want to help each other. It’s beautiful to see humanity truly showing up for others. Moving forward, start to think more proactively. Where do you want to be 6,12, and 18 months out from now? If you gather the pieces you need now, you’ll have them laid out to lean into and build on later.