When action needs to be taken, what action?

We are all familiar with situations that cry out for decisive action to be taken. A conflict that drags on and on. A project that is stalled. A dead-end job. It's one thing to be in a position of authority, a position in which you can take immediate and effective action. It's quite another to look at a wide range of unsolved problems, large and small, and feel that you're in a position where there is little you can do to make a difference.

That is how I felt, initially, very early one morning as I woke restless over everything from fighting in Bosnia to the resolution of some personal matters. Even if I knew what action to take on all of these fronts, how much action could I take at 3 a.m.?

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