The success of every team is the accumulated skill of its players. I had the pleasure of watching my daughter and her teammates compete in a tournament this past weekend. They won the championship and the comment most noted by coaches from the opposing teams was that the girls passed to one another constantly. They dominated the tournament because they synergized their talents and considered how to use each other well.
Like an orchestra with many instruments or a family working together for the well-being of all, synergizing just makes everyone a better version of themselves. When our children realize that they are a critical player, yet only one of the players, they begin to work interdependently and are willing to listen more carefully to other points of view.
The word humility may best describe the point of synergy. Humble means grounded to the basics. “Humility” is derived from the word “humus”. Humus is the soil of the earth. It is the fertilizer that makes things grow. When we act with humility, we recognize our role to fertilize with what we have and to appreciate what we don’t have, but someone else does. Humility means to appreciate how all things work together and that, “I don’t have all the answers”.
Together, we can come up with the best solutions for growth. I realized this truth recently while I was quite distraught. My bride helped me to recognize that I needed to put more trust in the people around me to take care of my own personal ground and should retreat for a few days to sharpen my saw. I took her advice and went to a quiet place and became grounded again 🙂
I am so grateful for the people in my life who want me to be the better version of myself and will give of themselves to help me thrive. Sometimes one plus five can equal ten. When we are feeling weak and unable (a one), those we trust can assist (a five). It’s not always equal quantities in the synergy formula. Thank goodness 🙂
Humble enough to know that I am far from perfect. Confident enough to know that together we can change the world.