The road to real achievement is usually bumpy and long, but you do not give up. You may have to start over. You many have to change your method. You may have to go around, or over, or under. You may have to pack up and get another start. But you do not quit. You stay the course.~ Coach John Wooden.
Oh, boy, did my Minutemen learn about this in the first round of the NIT 2013.
In Summer 2012, I was involved in a series of meetings to prepare college students for internships in Springfield, MA. I put together some self-care tips, anticipating that many students would struggle in their first attempts at community work. I know that I did, and continue to. Going into an unfamiliar community is a real eye-opener– especially to your own stuff. You confront your feelings of inadequacy, lack of preparation, and wrong-thinkingness. If your Intent is to actually serve that community, you cannot give up. You need to figure out a way to stay the course.