Grand ambition and what is doable

“From the start, grand ambition had gotten in the way of tackling what was doable.” 

André Paultre’s and Damon Winter’s New York Times article, “Rebuilding in Haiti Lags After Billions in Post-Quake Aid,” covers the gap between the international communities generosity after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake and the challenges, weaknesses of delivery of aid.  Another friend recently shared another heart wrenching, “Letter from Haiti:  Life in the Ruins,  description of the situation in Haiti.  The gaps, the chasms, the desperate plights move me, and yet I am clueless about a response, mode of accountability.

Today I was in a meeting, largely as an observer as where professionals tried to plan a course of action for a family where the parent is plagued with mental illness, poverty, and the children struggle.  Profoundly, the question was asked, “What one small step would you hope to see first?”

In my life, I want to look for that one small step.

In my community I hope to search out what is doable to help.

Maybe the ripples will be enough.

“From the start, grand ambition had gotten

in the way of tackling what was doable.” 

Haiti is not the only place this is true!

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