Director’s Note: Opportunities Through Difficulties

Director’s Note: Opportunities Through Difficulties

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Albert Einstein once wrote “in the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.”  I think that sentiment often applies to the work we all do to make this world a better place.  So many wonderful things arise out of difficult situations.

In the next few pages you will see highlights of some situations where things looked pretty dreary, but out of those rainy days came great progress and sunshine.

As this winter approaches, I find myself wanting to ensure that my work, Freshwater Future’s work, and all of our work, is making as big an impact as possible.  Does that mean enduring some big hardships in the coming days?  I’m not sure, but what I do know is I am amazed at how members of the Freshwater Future network consistently turn difficulties into opportunities.

Whether your difficulty is a wetland being filled, a development being proposed, difficulty in finding funds for your protection projects, difficulty finding focus in your organization or any others, I hope you will take solace in the idea that these challenges can be the platform for our best solutions.

Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it. – Niels Bohr

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