Posted by: unhcragd | September 10, 2009

“Thank You for Reminding Us…”

creative commons flicker photostream sean_mcgee

creative commons flicker photostream sean_mcgee

My friend Lisa, a professor of conflict transformation who runs a Washington, DC NGO promoting peace, tells of when she caused a stir among a group of fellow UN and NGO peacebuilders.  She took her 5-week-old son to a conference at the UN in New York.

“It was a really important conference.  I didn’t want to miss it and I couldn’t leave him at home,”  she says.  The two attended the entire agenda of meetings. When her son got hungry, she  took him into the hall to feed him.  The looks of shock, horror and amazement she and her son received throughout their time at the conference still makes her laugh.  “It was like that scene in the film Children of Men, when the one baby on earth cries and every one just stops, their jaws dropped.”

That wasn’t the only reaction though.  “A lot of people, women and men, came up to me and thanked me for bringing him.  They said ‘thank you for reminding us of why we are here.'”

When we become crazy-busy in controlled environments, what can we do to constantly remind ourselves of those whom we serve?

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