When We Work Best Together

Over the weekend, Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared over the ocean between Malaysia and Vietnam.  Since then, several countries have come together to search for clues as to where this plane may have gone.

Seeing this got me thinking.  In 2001 there was another tragedy in New York where thousands of people came together to find people who were buried in the aftermath.  The same is true of the Haitian earthquake in 2010 or the tsunami in Japan in 2011.  In fact, whether it is a national disaster or a car accident, people come together to help each other out.

This does not seem to be true when things are going well.  Why is this?  In fact, when things are going well for a person or city and there is someone like a homeless person in need, very few help.  When there is a hurricane, we all come together to get the neighborhood up and running again.

In many ways, however, we do help each other.  When I go to work, I am just one sprocket in the machine.  I work with my team to accomplish a goal.  There are also some unwritten rules in society like holding doors for each other.

The fact of all of this is that human life works best when we’re working together.  Human nature, however, seems to dictate that people be selfish and only think of themselves.

If you entered a restaurant and there was no host or wait staff, what would happen?  Many people wouldn’t get sat.  Others would just sit down.  But then you would have to order from the cook themselves.  My guess is that there would be a bottle neck at the kitchen, some people would be angry because they came in first but someone else got their seat.  Having a host to seat you and a waitress to take care of the food order makes the whole experience much better.

I’ve decided to live a life where I work with others.  Giving is a big part of that but there are many other areas.  How about letting cars in to my lane?  Keep the traffic flowing.  Hold the door for people and spread cheer.  I have to keep thinking of more ways but I’m sure I will find them.

By working with life and not against it, I plan on being happier and having less anxiety.

Be well.  Be positive.


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