The 2007 edition of Amputees Across America was a resounding success. I say that this particular edition of Amputees Across America was a resounding success because, in the final analysis, we were able to meet the objectives we had initially set out to achieve. And in my opinion, one can claim success when they manage to achieve the objectives they had initially set out to achieve in any undertaking. But even as we bask in the success of the 2007 edition of Amputees Across America, I am also inclined to take some time to reflect on the challenges that I (as one of the key organizers of the event) encountered while organizing it.
Now one of the main challenges that I faced when organizing the 2007 edition of Amputees Across America was simply that of getting the amputees to take part in the event. This was always bound to be a huge challenge, and for obvious reasons: among them, the fact that the amputees had other day-to-day engagements, the fact that the amputees had concerns about their safety in the course of the whole thing, and the fact that the amputees’ caretakers too had various concerns to be addressed.
Another challenge that I faced when organizing the 2007 edition of Amputees Across America was that of getting the necessary authorizations from the relevant government agencies. In the course of this undertaking, I came to appreciate just how stifling government bureaucracy can be to deal with (even when the bureaucrats mean well and are actually trying to help you).
There was another challenge that I faced when organizing the 2007 edition of Amputees Across America: and that was the challenge of getting sponsors for the event, and getting the sponsors to actually honor their pledges. In the course of this undertaking, I came to understand why companies like Kroger have to put up sweepstakes to encourage people to take part in their surveys – as, for instance, is the case with the survey run at the Kroger feedback website. That is to say, in other words, that I came to understand just how hard it can be to get people to be motivated for anything, however noble. But I am not whining: because when all was said and done, the actual event was a roaring success, and for that, I am eternally grateful to all people who lend their hands, in one way or another.