They say Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague of 1606 and Isaac Newton discovered gravity while in quarantine in 1665.
I initially brushed it off as social media inspirational fodder… something to motivate us to do great things while we are all holed up at home.
Turns out, there may be something to it. I’ve done some research (because I don’t want to do laundry.) It turns out King Lear was first performed on Boxing Day in 1606 in front of King James I, which means Shakespeare could have been working on it that summer as the plague ripped through his London neighborhood. And Trinity College at Cambridge did send their students home during the Great Plague of 1665, which included 23-year-old Isaac Newton who went home to Woolsthorpe Manor north of Cambridge. He spent his time there during what historians call his ‘year of wonder,’ coming up with his theory on optics, working with mathematical problems that became the foundation of calculus, and observing a certain apple tree in his back yard.
So… if they can do great things, why can’t we?
We have been thinking about doing something for nonprofits for quite sometime. Pondering it. Mulling it over. Half-planning it in our heads. And then the pandemic hit and we realized the time for this project was now. That’s when we pulled the idea out of our someday box, dusted it off and put it into motion.
Last week we started a weekly nonprofit meeting. The idea is to get everyone in one room (virtually, of course) to talk about how we can work together on projects — getting rid of duplication while ramping up results.
Right now, we’re working on a response to the pandemic. Coordinating relief efforts, seeking donations for the food bank, looking for ways to keep people connected and discovering volunteer opportunities for the awesome people who are calling our office. We’re finding needs, filling them and building bridges in the process. It is a beautiful thing.
Want to get your organization involved? Give us a call. Megan will be happy to send you an invitation to the Monday morning Zoom meeting.
Who knows? Maybe the next great literary work or scientific discovery will come out of these quarantine meetings.
Or maybe we’ll help make a big difference in Colby.