When we first started The Bridge, I looked around my community and decided every wrong was to be righted. And soon. There was a neighbor facing foreclosure. Another broken by alcoholism. Others dealing with joblessness and bills and angry kids.
I could ignore the pain within me by focusing on the pain around me. And, I could gloss over the pain around me by focusing on fix-it-now solutions.
More English classes. Help fill out another job application. Figure out how to appeal the foreclosure. And we ran around like that for months, maybe years. But the problems kept coming, and the solutions didn’t always stick.