This book introduces you to the voices of 11 people who are doing this hard work. In their own words, as clearly and honestly as they can put in writing, you’ll hear how they manage the frustrations of this work — how they deal with political realities, with shortcomings, with bureaucracy and discouragement. And, maybe more importantly, you’ll hear what they draw on to summon the courage and the bravery to keep at it.
Some of these voices are practical, some are philosophical. Some will touch your mind, others will grab your heart. All of them are amazing, and all of the are beautiful.
More than anything, I hope you find in them a shot of encouragement — a little extra fire under your own determination to do the hard, and so important, work that you do.
I’ve said before that I’m in awe of people who keep fighting these fights, who soldier on against what sometimes looks like impossible odds, getting up every day and going back to the same battles. I’m not sure I could do that myself. But it has been a priviledge, and an honor, to share these voices with you.
Thanks for reading. And thanks for the great work you do.