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Staying the Course
Photo by Luke Cureton
by
Dr. Jim Guy
on
February 1, 2017
|

While walking Charlie early in the morning recently, I looked up and enjoyed the stars.  This reminded me of a misadventure I may not have shared with you.  Years ago, I agreed to join five buddies on a 35-mile sailing trip from Long Beach to Catalina Island.  Unexpectedly, we didn't leave until 10:30pm on a dark, moonless night.  By Midnight, everyone was asleep below, leaving me to steer and navigate alone.  Shortly after, the boat's battery died so I could no longer use the compass.  No worries.  I sailed on, using a star just off the mast as my guide.  The seas got quite rough, and I became seasick.  Determined, I sailed on, keeping that star just to the left of the mast.  Unfortunately, I forgot that the stars move across the sky.  By sunrise, I had taken us past Catalina and off toward Hawaii.  It took us 4 hours to get back to our destination.  By then, I felt so sick I didn't care.  To my shame, I returned the next day on a large ferry, weak but grateful to still be alive.  I learned an important life lesson:  Always have a good plan for getting to your destination before heading out.  Without it, serious mistakes can be made despite good intentions.  

These are tumultuous times.  Each day brings more political news at a pace that is hard to assimilate.  It’s easy to feel like a cork bobbing around on stormy seas with no destination in sight.  Because the Headington Institute helps people all over the world, we regularly travel to Muslim countries.  So, we are keeping a close watch on political developments.  At the same time, our team is trying not to react to every new controversy.  Instead, we have recommitted to following our core values: compassion, excellence, transcendence, responsibility, generosity, cooperation, and advocacy.  We are also passionate about fulfilling our new three-year strategic plan, based on these values (available on request).  As a result, we will help more aid workers and emergency responders maintain their wellbeing and thrive in their work.  Ultimately, we want to reach them all, everywhere.  That's our destination, and this new three-year plan takes us closer to that goal.  

Thanks for joining us on this journey.  Your interest, encouragement, advice, and financial support really help us. 

Jim 

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