Cooperation

“Cooperation is working together and sharing the load. When we cooperate, we join with others to do things that cannot be done alone. We are willing to follow the rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Together we can accomplish great things.”

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I love this, its feels great to experience true cooperation, when everyone is doing their part. Especially when there is a shared vision or goal- it is amazing what can be accomplished where two are more are gathered.

A lesson from horses:  A single draft horse can pull a load up to 8,000 pounds.  The strength involved in this is hard to imagine.  So then we can speculate what would happen if we hooked up two draft horses to a load.  If you instantly thought two draft horses could pull 16,000 pounds if one draft horse can pull 8,000 pounds, you would be wrong.  Two draft horses pulling together cannot pull twice as much as one.  They can actually pull three times as much.  The two draft horses that can each pull 8,000 pounds alone can pull 24,000 pounds working together.

The horses are teaching us a very clear lesson in teamwork, but they still have more to teach us.  If the two horses that are pulling together have trained with one another and have worked together before, they can’t just pull three times as much working together as they can by themselves.  The two trained horses in tandem can actually pull 32,000 pounds, which is a load four times as heavy as either of the horses could pull by themselves.

The powerful lessons that these magnificent draft horses can teach us involves not only teamwork but coordinated and trained collaboration.  No one lives or works alone as the proverbial island unto themselves.

For me the insightful question is – Where am I resisting in regard to cooperation or connecting? When we cooperate or connect with others there are many opportunities for growth.  Sometimes it is in our thinking or the “play” with others. Where in my life am I expanding, reaching out and feeling connected? and where in my life do I contract and isolate? These are really good observations to look at because truly if we are willing to do some inner exploration, we could probably learn quite a bit about where we show up individually and collectively when it comes to how we cooperate.

What great things are waiting to be accomplished?

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