Cooling off

Today, the weather seems to be finally changing and there’s a gorgeous breeze blowing through the office, cooling sweaty brows and tempers alike. After a number of heated moments in the past few days, it seems like things are finally calming down. If I will learn anything from my time here, I hope it will be patience and grace despite frustration because without these qualities, I won’t survive another month.

This past week has been my most difficult by far in terms of my work here in Cambodia. Some of my worst nightmares of the donor community have come alive in ugly detail this week, and the sudden flare of my own displeasure with our partner, added to the unrelated issues brewing on our project team seems to resulted in the proverbial pot boiling over. Take a fundamentally flawed system, add miscommunication and language barriers, egos and reputation, throw in a little bit of incompetence and my own impatience, and you’ve got the recipe for a serious headache.

To be crystal clear, though there has been a small issue on the project team I’m advising, the major issues I’m taking about have to do with the folks who are funding my main project. Anyway, I don’t have much time to write right now, but my seething sense of righteousness seriously needed a vent. I will describe the meeting and its aftermath in excruciating detail soon.

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1 jhmurakami { 06.20.08 at 12:25 am }

I’m just starting to cool off. One of my supervising attorneys quit yesterday out of the blue, leaving me high and dry for an event we were cosponsoring tonight. FRUSTRATING!

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