God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

09.02.2010 Over the years…

Sitting in todays HOPE Cape Town management meeting I do with interest following the discussions, comments, requests – it is amazing for me to see, how things, or should I better say, people develop, interactions develop, discussions arise – sometimes I think it would be nice to have filmed over the years some of the meetings to study the development of such a group of people like us from management. I guess, if one is sitting in such meetings for years, one develops a sort of relationship which includes to know and predict reactions but also has learned to cooperate and discuss in a way which is not hurting people. One knows each other – and still sometimes there is this moment of surprise.

I took time today to observe a lot and – and with no bad intention – after years of working together it is good once in a while to observe oneself and others and to sense the bond, but also some old behaviour patterns showing up again and again. But all has the feeling of belonging together and going for the same cause, even if ways sometimes differ and discussions are very intense.  And I still feel that tension between decampment and the longing to secure the achieved – and I guess, as long as I feel this two poles, we are on the right way.

Management meetings have become longer and intense as lots is to decide and consider and it is hoped, that with the new structuring process, more preparation work is done beforehand so that matters are easier to decide on the day. We introduced the so-called “champions” who look specifically after a portfolio and prepares facts necessary for decision-making.

I drove home with the feeling that after all the years we still have the right mix of people to tackle the challenges of the future. Good feeling.

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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