To all the other dreamers out there, don’t ever stop or let the world’s negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible. ~Adam Green
We’re not the only ones
Doug and I have analyzed the contacts that were lurking in our past, as well as those who are a part of our present life.
Now we’re going to turn our attention to meeting new groups of contacts.
This blog has put us in touch with quite a few others who think like we do. We’re not the only monkeys dealing with life turning sideways.
Finding or creating a group of supporters can be a valuable way of refining your focus and keeping motivation high. Conferring with others is beneficial for all involved.
Where to look
We’re not marketing guru monkeys, but we’ve come up with a few ideas for finding or building a group of supporters. Our ideas so far are:
- Local outreach groups- Troubled teens and those suffering from depression and alcoholism may find our message useful. Doug and I can start speaking with support groups that deal with these issues.
- Newsgroups- We can become more involved with online groups that mesh with our ideas. This could lead to a core group of supporters for the next idea.
- Start a forum- I’ve been thinking about starting a forum where my readers can share their stories and interact with each other. I’ve had positive support for this idea from a few readers. Glenn, over at manifest crazy suggested a mastermind group. I confess to knowing nothing about these, but from the little I’ve read, it’s a promising idea.
- Religious organizations- We’re not dogmatic monkeys, but some of the more progressive religious groups would be open to our ideas. I figure a church that offers Reiki healing after services would be amiable to us monkeys! (Yes, they really do).
- Hospitals- Those in recovery and those without hope of recovery may be grateful to hear a message of hope. I think Doug can step in and do this (Not literally, he doesn’t have bones).
I’ll need to scrape up some promotional material for the real world options. I already have business cards… I’ll need to do a few flyers that summarize our mission though.
More research is needed for the online ideas for group networking. I feel this will be the most effective way to reach others. People from all over the world can participate on a forum.
What groups can you connect with to offer your talents? How will you connect with them? Some ideas are:
- Religious groups.
- Youth groups.
- Support groups.
- Online chat boards.
- Starting your own group, online or in the real world.
- Care facilities
- And on and on!
Make up some promotional material that explains what you’re about, what you offer and what you hope to accomplish. There are supporters out there waiting to be found…
Wonderful post, about a topic very close to my heart. Thanks.
Hi Ann- I’m glad you enjoyed the post. In what way is this a topic close to your heart, if you don’t mind sharing?
Not at all. I’m a group therapist, and I witness the healing power of groups all the time.
OK. Thanks for sharing. I don’t pretend to be a professional, so I appreciate the insight of others.
Another inspiring post John! I appreciate the natural use of the word groups which also calls to mind the word community. Both tend to engender a sense of support and belonging which, speaking for myself, is crucial to forward progress in life. The concept of group work also reminds me of the need to give as the act of giving allows me to receive, to learn and to grow. The idea of working in a group in what can be the relatively isolated world of blogging is attractive.
Thank you for posting, John and super thank you for the mention!
You’re welcome Glenn. I’m getting excited about the idea of an online group of some sort. I just need to get through the next couple of hectic weeks and then I can start exploring the options.
I’ve kicked around the idea of joining a writing group, and after reading your blog post, I decided to see if I could find one or two. I found a website called meetup.com which helps locals get together for common interests. Lo’ and behold, there are lots of writing groups in my city. Thanks for this inspirational blog.
I wanted to chime in and tell you that I’ve had great success with meetup. I joined a local writing group and made awesome friends who i now see outside of the group. A writing group also keeps you accountable.
Hi Kimberly- Thanks for reading. I’m glad the post inspired you to search and find like minded groups. I suspected we all have resources close at hand that we unknown, and unlooked for.
This touches me as well…Because I am looking to start a group of some sort but just haven’t gotten there yet because what I am interested in doing it is being done at professional places and such…Reiki Shares, a Spiritual Group of sorts.. This I would enjoy once a week or so at my house but everyone is so busy or doing other wise. I am waiting for something to fall into place at the right moment…hmmmm
It’s sometimes difficult to find a local group of like minded people. That’s why I’m exploring the idea of an online group, which can bring in people from all over the world. Keep in touch, if you’re interested in something like this… I’m still learning the ins and outs of starting an online group.
I am sure that I will see your progress and i am sure join as well….Count me in!
Good! I’m excited to see what we can get going here.
Never would have thought of hospitals as a social outlet, that’s really thinking outside the box. I wouldn’t mind keeping some sick people company! I’m sure they have great stories.
I haven’t visited hospitals yet, but I go every Saturday morning to a retirement community to have coffee… I have friends who are in their 80s and 90s! I’ve concluded people stay the same as they age, others choose to ignore them. I enjoy my visits…
I love the way you said we are going sideways
I love the comments you make thansk for being a postivie force. I love seeing things in my email from Doug the monkey, he is quite the character and I am glad to be associated 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I like to hear that what I write inspires others… Doug loves sending e-mails to all his online friends… We’re glad you appreciate getting them. And yes, Doug is a character! Wait until you read about what he did today…