Friday, November 15, 2019

Don't Stop

Working in the museum world can sometimes feel overwhelming. Days filled with administrative trivia, visitor complaints, and endless "to-do" lists can, at times, wear even the most dedicated museum workers down.

Don't stop.

In solidarity with colleagues and citizens around the world -- where cultural history has been destroyed by accident, by neglect, by violence --

Don't stop.

Find one thing today, even a little thing, that will make your museum work better, and that will make you feel better about doing that work.

It could be a Social Media post about a fun new Education program.  A tweak to an exhibit to make it move from good to great.  Ordering a new entry mat to replace that worn-out old one by the front door. Sincerely complimenting a co-worker on a job well done. A phone call to reconnect with a community partner.

Don't stop.

All those little things add up --- for you, and your visitors.  There will always be things to rebuild, things to improve, but take time to look back at how far you have come, what you have built and accomplished, not just what is left undone.

Don't stop.

The world is better for your efforts.

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