Taking on the impossible isn’t always foolish but it does have its risks. Far too often the participants involved ignore the risks going in, fail to adequately communicate and dialogue as time goes by, struggle alone with the casualties, individually take action, and in the end disagree about the original intent, failures, and even successes.
I know far more about the subject than I care to remember. Frankly the memories are painful, often debilitating. If one is reflective one can always learn from the present. Issues become clear. The need to invest in community becomes one of the highest priorities. Obstacles take on a sense of perspective and place.
As easily as it is to push these memories into the back of my mind I don’t think it is helpful – to you or to me. We, the communities of New York, California, and England, are in the midst of troubling times. Wars and conflicts flourish in and out of sight. Exploitation, anguish, and death are in plentiful supply. Hope is under threat. Solving these issues while maintaining the values and priorities we hold dear seems impossible. Holding people to account is fraught with danger and uncertainties. Even knowing how to react to the conflicts within our reach is confusing.
The risks are real. The harsh reality is simply this; “your finest fighting men will be killed, your soldiers left dead on the battlefield.” (Isaiah 3.25) This is today – in Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, Nepal, and in the communities we call home.
The response is general confusion. Many think they have a solution – and they are acting, usually alone. Others are scared to death – hiding, ignoring, and denying seem to be the only alternatives. As the talk of yesterday grows I miss two subjects. I need to hear and believe in the values and priorities we hold most precious. I long for a debate on the “best” way to achieve our shared dreams and desires.
What is the center of your life? Do others know and understand? Where is there convergence? Today is another revelation of our answer.
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