Last weekend was the culmination of months of rehearsal and hard work and the ultimate experience of collaboration. I reported in an earlier posting that my husband Bob was invited to participate in Reock and Roll Revue’s performance of Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” album. The show was last weekend and all I can say is that it was amazing, wonderful, and I was so very honored to be surrounded by an abundance of talented and lovely people. Attending the rehearsals and providing food for the band made me feel a part of things which I absolutely loved. And at the final rehearsal I was asked to serve on the videography team which really gave me the opportunity to be part of the show in a very active way. I was thrilled to be in the collaborative flow of bringing this show to its fruition, attending to one of the video cameras that recorded the concert and would ultimately become part of the DVD that will be produced later. It was exciting and made me feel like I was part of something truly special. I made some new friends along the way and was able to connect more deeply with old friends as well. All in all the collaboration was the most meaningful part of the entire experience and something I’ve been missing since leaving my last job.
This weekend I have the privilege to once again be involved in collaboration with our friend Tracy Farquhar as she hosts a three day retreat at the Kirkridge Retreat Center in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania. Bob and I will be helping to facilitate this event which will be attended by 20 people who are interested in connecting deeply with their truth and their intrinsic power. We are deeply honored to be involved in supporting them and our friend Tracy as she leads them through her wonderful program. And once again I am enjoying the collaborative effort the three of us have been putting forth to create the space for this gathering and to facilitate an event that will enrich the lives of those attending. It’s is the collaboration that has jazzed me the most…working with others to create something meaningful that has been the juice for me. In both of these efforts, the concert and the retreat, my ego has taken a seat in the corner and I have worked with others in an equal effort to create something bigger than myself.
My grandson and his mom and dad have been in Cooperstown, NY enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Logan’s little league team. They’ve been playing in tournaments with other little leaguers from all over the country. I’ve watched my grandson play baseball with many of the same teammates and coaches since he was a little guy and how his exposure to teamwork has affected his self-esteem, his compassion, and his understanding of responsibility and collaboration. At 13 he is a great kid who truly knows the meaning of teamwork and support for others. It’s been a great gift to witness this aspect of his growth and the way his parents have provided this opportunity for him to learn some valuable and vital life lessons.
STRETCH: Think about the meaning of teamwork in your life and see where you might already be or where you can be part of a team effort. See where you might be able to offer yourself in an effort to help carry the weight of a project or an effort that needs “hands”.