The Man in the Arena

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“We will continue to push forward. We will continue to keep saving as many lives as we can. We will continue to strive to be the best we can be. And, today, I guarantee we’ve failed somewhere. And we’ll fail somewhere tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that. But in the end, the only real failure is not to try.”
— Karl Brubaker

Blog of Hope


You want to know how to completely frustrate any sense of accomplishment you may have?

Try running an animal shelter.

Seriously, try it. It is a daily exercise in crisis management. You’re always trying to fit ten pounds of crazy into a five-pound bag. When you’re in a facility like ours (ie: aging and not built for our purposes) it’s the same questions over and over: What’s going to break today? How are we going to work around Problem X? Problem Y? Do we need to kick Problem Z down the road a little while we deal with the other two? It can be pretty overwhelming at times.

(I don’t say any of this to elicit sympathy– this is my job. This is my chosen profession and I think most shelter managers would agree a not-insignificant skill among us is the ability to take a beating. As the old saying…

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