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Friday, August 22, 2014

Where's the Water?

The other day, I was reading an article about the Ebola Outbreak in Africa.  A reporter stated that when she tried to cross a checkpoint between counties in Monrovia, there was a long line to cross.  When she walked to the front of the line she saw that it was a requirement to wash your hands in chlorinated water before crossing.  And yet, the line wasn't moving.  Everyone in line wanted to wash their hands so what was the problem?
There was no water to wash their hands.  It was all gone.

So, the guard refused to let anyone go through the border without washing their hands, so they stood there, hoping for a miracle from the sky, hoping that it would rain to produce water in the bucket.

When I first heard this, I was blown away by the situation.  Can no one bring in more water?  Whose job was it to have the water there in the first place?  And if there is no water easily available, why did they make it a requirement in order to cross the checkpoint?
While I feel that this could be really funny if it wasn't so tragic, I can't help but ask what are the things that are holding me back?  Things that might be so painfully obvious to someone else that it's even funny.  There are simple things that hold me back, like going grocery shopping with my kids or completing my novel because of their interruptions.  To others, this is a first world problem.
What ways can I become a better or more productive person by solving the obvious problems in front of me?

Article on the ebola hand washing problem here.

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