Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean ~ Ryunosuke Satoro
Globalisation has made the world a much smaller and more interconnected place Historically, collaboration and connection provided success in common goals (food, shelter, health) for indigenous communities. Today, we model this tribal value on a world scale. Global trade and international organisations have created interdependence between countries as each provides materials, support or intelligence to the other.
If you think about it, everything – our bodies, the natural world, technology and our interactions with others – work synergistically. Without collaboration, our bodies would shut down, Nature would not survive and advances in human development and technology would not be possible.
We know we are intimately connected when wars and cultural strife in one country have a ripple effect in the world. (Think Syrian refugees and the many countries such as Greece, Germany who have opened their borders to provide them safe haven).
While the principles of collaboration are often applied to the world or in business they hold true as a powerful force for good and growth right in your own life too.
See if you can spot these qualities at work in your own life. Are there some missing that you could add?
Qualities of Collaboration
Try this exercise->
1] Find a quiet place to be alone.
2] Sit comfortably and take a few deep, cleansing breaths help you focus and relax.
3] As you review the list above, write down one way you might incorporate the concepts as (1) an employee, (2) a friend, (3) a spouse and (4) within yourself.
4] Which answers give you the greatest reaction (either negative or positive)?
5] Choose one quality to practice each day and see how life situations change. (Do you notice greater cooperation with co-workers? less tension with loved ones and more joy? improved self-awareness? greater productivity? More peace?)
What Gets in the Way?
“Old habits die hard”. Choosing to be collaborative can bring up past coping mechanisms that block you:
But, if you persist by taking small, intentional steps… you can embrace:
We are all connected and share a common pursuit of basic necessities of life – food, shelter, well-being, safety and love. We live under the same sky, breathe the same air. At our essential natures, our interconnection is indisputable despite our apparent separateness.
Choosing to embrace collaboration in your life makes a difference in the world too.