Director's Corner
Building a Cathedral
By Claire Louge, Executive Director

There’s a parable about a woman who walks by three men working on a building site, each doing the same thing.

The woman asks the first man what he’s doing. “I’m hauling bricks,” he says.

She asks the second man what he’s doing. “I’m building a wall,” he states.

She asks the third man what he’s doing. “I’m building a cathedral,” he answers.

The men are all performing the same action, but their answers show how differently they are framing their purpose.

In every job, there are tasks that can feel menial, tedious, or grueling. In our sector, many of us can find it hard to make a direct connection from everything we do to a specific, positive impact on a child or family, or a specific, visible change.