Since November 17, 2011, I have not written about the lamentable situation at The Merida English Language Library (MELL). I hoped that all parties: Board, Volunteers, and Members would work together to turn the negatives into positives.
In reality, my worst fears have been realized: the international community has been fractured by this. There are very valid reasons for outrage from all affected parties but quite frankly, there has also been a lot of posturing, stamping of feet, and hidden agenda keeping.
Now, Reg Deneau has come forward to try and calm the troubled waters. He has one goal in mind: the continuation and eventual growth of our library. I have already heard grumbling and I hope my friend will not be turned into the sacrificial lamb.
Stop and think… Reg is offering the community an opportunity to move beyond the hurt of the past weeks, a chance to fix what’s broken, and then salve our wounds and move on…
I cannot believe that we are not capable of this. In our business and professional lives, we dealt with similar issues and we know that conflict resolution is possible… never easy but definitely possible. So, let’s bite the bullet and get on with it.