A characteristic of our summer is the monsoon season, which officially began on Friday, 15 June. Sure enough, for the first time since March, I’ve seen rain at my place yesterday evening and today. I have to chuckle at myself as I head out to see if the clouds are building up enough to give us some rain at the house. Even the pups are looking skyward, although truth be told, the biggest of them refuses to get wet. If it’s raining and it’s time for him to go outside, he pokes his nose out, feels the first drop and heads back inside. Hard to explain to him that just answering the call of nature in the express lane is a whole lot faster and drier than trying to find ways to avoid getting wet. And this got me thinking –
It is unfortunate that problems happen. Like the rain, we know that many of them are going to occur simply because we have yet to hit upon the long-term solutions for stopping them. My one pup spends more time trying to avoid getting wet than simply going and doing his business and like him, we also try to avoid addressing the issues. As leaders, it’s important for us to know and believe that whatever the problem, each of us has a contribution to make in finding the long-term solution and, in the case of abuse (especially of children), each of us has to follow our heart and our passion in resolving that issue. What’s also important is that we all focus on the same goal – developing and implementing a solution that, once and for all, addresses the issue effectively. Like the raindrops, individually and collectively, we can make a difference.