The Sad Cafe is a place where people who care about community building, compassion, and creativity can come together and share stories from your hearts about your experiences in trying to change your corner of the world. May this be a place of rest, replenishment, and re-energizing. Take time away from the front lines, no matter where you are, and take time out for you. Remember why you do what you do.
I hope that The Sad Cafe Community will give support and sanctuary to people who deal with people’s problems and pain all day every day. If there are not enough resources to support people in need, how on earth can leaders of nonprofit organizations expect their staff to be supported? They’re too busy. How can coaches, therapists, and others give of themselves every day and get nothing back in return, then expect to continue endlessly without being filled themselves? The nonprofit world loses some of its most energetic, compassionate people because they just can’t do it anymore.
The Sad Cafe Community is here to help the helpers—the ones who don’t get paid enough to take the abuse from hurting people, the ones who listen to stories their clients’ lack of money and other resources when their own lives might be falling apart. If we take care of the caregivers, they’ll keep taking care of the people who need them most.
I’ve been afraid to start something like this for a long time because I was one of the ones who wasn’t getting what she needed to continue helping others. Now I know that’s the very reason I need to do this. I’m not the only one—the ones who need this will find it.