Community change means a commitment to the long haul—to the process. Don't be confused with winning and losing. Many times, winning is really losing in the long run, and, conversely, losing is often best for the group. After a period of time, a group leader will learn it is the process of continually participating in change and the integrity of the people participating in that process which is important, not winning or losing a few skirmishes.
Finally, never lose your humanity in order to save humanity. One of the most important assets of a change agent is a sense of humor. Learn to laugh at yourself and with others. Strive to make this world a better place to live, work and love. In doing so, remember, the issue—no matter how important it seems today— is not as important as your commitment to each other and your commitment to the integrity of the process.
Spring 1987 (Original)
April 1993 (Revised)
November 2000 (Electronic Version)