I was working today helping out friends who have a new start-up company. There were about 7 or 8 of us and we were packing boxes to ship out tomorrow. We have been working on these for a few days and today was the finale. Some of us had never met before and some were familiar faces. During the course of production, we had all gravitated to the task that we seemed to be the most efficient. We fell into a synchronization that made the production seem like it was automated. No conveyor belts or fancy machines…..only people working together for a common end-goal.
It was interesting to feel the support and camaraderie of all working together to do our best and support the person on each side of you. When one got behind, another would come over to help catch up and then move back in place when the “machine” was running smoothly again. It was team spirit and I realize now that it was great feeling to be a part of it today. Someone commented that it felt like we were little elves packing up for Santa’s big delivery.
I grew up in a neighborhood that this was a common happening….not just a rare event like today. Even though I was very young, I clearly remember how nice it felt to be a part of a group of people who sincerely cared about each other and were always available to lend a hand. It really didn’t matter how difficult the task, there was always someone with just the right expertise to be the leader and others did their part to fill the gaps and take on the part that seemed to fit their own level of knowledge and skills. I have old pictures of my parents and their friends and it seemed they were always having a good time too.
I think everyone likes that feeling of having support and help along the way. Sometimes, it seems easier to just do things alone; but there is that spirit of teamwork that we miss out on. We all like gratification from time to time and somehow standing up and clapping for our accomplishments alone just isn’t the same! High-fiving the “air” just doesn’t give us the same splash of praise as a friend or co-worker might do for us.
Perhaps, there’s someone in your neighborhood or a friend you know that could use a little help. Or maybe you have a project that you have been putting off because starting it by yourself just doesn’t seem like much fun.
Why not suggest to others that working together on these projects might be something to try out for a change.
Maybe someone in your group of friends can be the leader and others can add their own expertise to the task.
Maybe even someone could offer to cook on the grill or “whip up” a yummy meal to enjoy while you’re “merrily working along together”
Doesn’t that sound like fun?….Rather than drudgery that you perceived the task at hand to be?
Maybe it’s something as dramatic as adding on a room to a house or something as simple as re-painting a wall or planting a few new trees in your yard. Maybe you’re an expert at both or maybe you don’t have a clue where to even start.
Well, pool your talents and I’m sure not only will the job be more fun; but it will also probably be done better and faster.
Ready to get started?!!
Let’s help each other.
Let’s have fun.
Ready! Set! Go!
Let’s get the job done…..together!