‘We all do bet­ter when we work to­gether’

Tempo - - News - Mar­i­lyn C. Aray­ata

WE need one an­other. “We all do bet­ter when we work to­gether.” Bas­ket­ball play­ers un­der­stand this very well – and so do other ath­letes who are part of a team. Co­op­er­a­tion is very im­por­tant.

Ae­sop’s fa­ble re­minds us of the im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion. A dy­ing fa­ther called his two sons who were al­ways quar­rel­ing de­spite his ad­mo­ni­tion for them to stop it. One day, he asked each of them to break a bun­dle of sticks. They could not do it. The fa­ther then asked each of them to pull the sticks one by one and break them. It was easy! The point which the dy­ing fa­ther wanted to make was clear. The sons, peo­ple in gen­eral – are stronger when they are united.

Peo­ple feel braver and stronger (they also be­come wiser) when there is sup­port from other in­di­vid­u­als and groups. Fam­i­lies, work­ers, friends, pri­vate and gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions can do bet­ter when they are united.

If we will do small things each day in the spirit of co­op­er­a­tion, life will also be less stress­ful. If we will con­sciously do some­thing good for our team – our fam­ily, our friends, our church, our com­pany, our com­mu­nity, imag­ine the strength and suc­cess that can be en­joyed by every­body.

Mother Teresa once said, “None of us, in­clud­ing me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and to­gether we can do some­thing won­der­ful.”

What im­por­tant things do you reg­u­larly do as signs of co­op­er­a­tion? What else can you do to make your team stronger?

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