Oscar Wilde is said to have observed that America really was discovered by a dozen people before Columbus, but it was always successfully hushed up.
I am tempted to feel that way about the Peace Corps; the idea of a national effort of this type had been proposed many times in past years.
If I do face these challenges, I will not let it affect my reasoning for being there.
I will continue to do my work, in a respectable manner, to the best of my ability.
The early days of the Peace Corps were like the campaign days of 1960, but with no election in sight.
My colleagues were volunteer workers and a few key officials loaned from other agencies.
"I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow," Woodrow Wilson said. Letters cascaded in from all over the country in what one writer described as "paper tornadoes at the Peace Corps." The elevators to our original two-room office disgorged constant sorties of interested persons, newspaper reporters, job seekers, academic figures and generous citizens offering advice.
Everywhere, it seemed, were cameras, coils of cable and commentators with questions.
I will continue to use my skills, while gaining new skills from those around me.
I know that once those in my community trust me, they will realize how good my intentions are.