Are you someone who approaches the end of the year with a sense of reflection on the months prior, or eyes forward with hopes for the days ahead? I find myself falling somewhere in the middle, while also trying to revel in every moment of the present day. A best friend of mine often reminds me, “Keep your head where your feet are,” a useful mantra for the times where either dismay over the past or worry for the future distract me from the joy and beauty in the here and now. I think this time of year, we can often feel pulled by the past as well as the future. As long as we remain grounded, it can be a beautiful thing to reflect on how far we have come, our resolve and resilience, and feel the emotions arising from the hard times. It can also be rejuvenating to set our hopes and intentions for the future and be curious about the unknown ahead.
Here at MaineShare, we have recently spent time looking back, through the development of our Annual Report and celebrations with our Board and Member Organizations. We are also looking forward to good times ahead, as our Annual Appeal has been sent out, and we are finalizing details of exciting changes ahead. We look forward to sharing more with you all in 2022!
Continue to be kind to yourself during this time of year, and read on to reflect with our member organizations.
Music has always been a source of joy and comfort for me, and sets the stage for any celebration. I have been singing with my sister in the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Magic of Christmas for several years now, and I love how it enables me to spread joy and to share in happiness with friends, neighbors and strangers. Toward the end of every show, former PSO Music Director Robert Moody used to say to the crowd, “However you celebrate, celebrate well.” This sentiment has always resonated with me, especially this time of year. Celebrations don’t have to all look the same, they don’t have to accompany a specific holiday, or even be connected to any holiday at all. When we share with others, we are celebrating. Celebrating joy together, our commonalities, even just a shared human experience are wonderful moments to relish in life. The work our members do all year long is certainly cause for celebration, as they make Maine better for us all.
We at MaineShare are very excited about the accomplishments of the last year, and pleased to celebrate with our wonderful community. We invite you to share in the continued impactful work of our member organizations by reading on.
We are so pleased to share our MaineShare 2021 Annual Report with our community. In this report, we reflect on the amazing work we have done in the last year, share what we have been up to lately, and look forward to a bright future. This report truly celebrates what our community does for us, because without YOU, none of this would be possible! We invite you all to take a look and share the MaineShare Annual Report 2021, and if you are inspired by what you see, donate here!