Hikers of long distance trails with three-sided structures known as shelters or lean-tos are familiar with the habits of the shelter mouse, who makes his appearance seconds after dinner preparation commences, and may be heard later at night rustling through the pockets of the hiker's trousers or pack looking for crumbs. As ornery as he is clever and resourceful, for recreation the shelter mouse occasionally jumps on the heads of unsuspecting hikers as they sleep.
Rather than revile the shelter mouse as an annoying pest, here at Sheltermouse Solutions we have chosen to celebrate his single-minded persistence and love of life. For the shelter mouse, as for all diminutive fauna of the forest, existence is meager, and fraught with peril from predatory raptors and rattlesnakes. The shelter mouse occupies an essential niche in the forest ecosystem, performing the practical task of recycling human food waste while enriching hiker culture: providing the hiker with tales of harrowing, sleepless nights with which to amuse friends and family.
Like the shelter mouse, small businesses and organizations often must thrive on scraps left by larger entities, which may be indifferent to -- or even hostile to -- their missions. Nonetheless, members of these entities are compelled to bring intellect and passion to bear on the accomplishment of good works, and to try to have a little fun along the way.
Consider for a moment your predicament, and that of the humble shelter mouse. Perhaps certain parallels will become apparent.