HR&DC Post Summit Recovery and Reflection
Unlike my first five days in-country, the first half of today has been all about recovery and reflection.
Recovery in the sense that I am teetering on the edge of exhaustion and, as a result, opted to limit myself to one meeting earlier this morning.
As for reflection, my mind has continuously replayed specific moments from yesterday’s summit (meeting) where I witnessed heated (some would even say hated) rivals respectfully interact with one another, exchange private contact information, physically embrace and share in a laugh about the unexpectedness of their newfound “relationship.”
Each time these memories have drifted through my consciousness, I have been reminded that:
With regard to the latter half of my day, I have been asked by a significant United States institution (their identity withheld from this post, but known by my wife ) to meet with them to discuss our respective efforts in Haiti. This request, which came from out of the blue, is just one more example of the “Forrest Gump” life that I am now leading. Of course, I might find out tonight that I’m more like a character in a John Grisham novel. If that’s the case, I hope I’m the guy who’s still standing at the conclusion of the book and not the guy who “suffers a heart attack” in Chapter 6 … lol.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.Gandhi
…and the journey continues…
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