"Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive...then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

Monday, June 7, 2010

Small Victories and Big Wins

A necessary survival tactic in Haiti is celebrating every small victory because (1) it's tough to get big ones and (2) the little ones add up.  Today I had both small and big!

First the big win - by 7:00 this morning we had 550 men and women start work in one of our camps!  It's been a lot of planning, training and overall great teamwork and we pulled it off without a hitch.  It was very satisfying to have a moment to watch all of our hard work come together with such meaning.  It was hard to capture the moment in photos because we were all very busy but I took this shot at 6:30 as our assembly line put together the hard hats that arrived over the weekend.

The small victory came on the drive home tonight when I saw a car pull close to a dumpster and instead of throwing their garbage out the window, they threw it into the dumpster!  I started clapping and our driver said, "They must not be Haitian".  Every day I'm in the camp I walk the kids over to the garbage can and show them how to put their trash inside.  It all add up.

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