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We Roll With It

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”]I have been saying this quite often, where it has become something of a mantra for this trip. In Tchad (as you see Chad written out here), you have to roll with it. Things seldom go the way you would like them to or even the way you expect, even if you don’t like what you expect!  The simple becomes complex, whether it be at the pre-paid hotel in the capital, where they try to charge you again (three times!);  or at the airport, where the plane gets to the runway and then stops and returns, leaving you stuck one extra day where you don’t want to be; or in the east, where electricity and water flow only on and off — and on and off, so you have to be ready.

Our projects also can get stuck in the deep sands of eastern Chad.  It’s difficult to get precise information that would help us implement, and even with the information, every task becomes monumental as you move forward.

During our expeditions, the i-ACT team has gotten sick, extremely thirsty, tired, hungry, stranded, ignored, and even shot at.  We roll with it.

Our “rolling with it,” though, is far from passive.  It is inspired by the “rolling with the punches” that boxers do, where they absorb punches without getting hurt, as they assess their situation and then come back with punches of their own, which seem to be powered by the rolling.

Muhammad Ali was a master at this.  In the second stage of his career, his legs were not the same as when he was young. The young Ali could float like a butterfly then sting like a bee. The