Sunday, January 31, 2010

We Are Connected

I lay awake in my bed last night while everything was quiet and still. Michelle was sleeping soundly and so were the animals of the house, Bob (Golden Retreiver) and Winston and Marty (Cats). Alone with my thoughts I reflected up on a wonderful day that was had during our 1st Annual Connect to Fitness Mini-Conference. What a great day of connecting with old and new colleagues. What I realized while laying there was that we all are really connected. Now, I don't mean just fitness professionals, but human beings in general.

Think about it...what happens when a connection or community of any kind is frayed? Chaos and disorder occur. Case in point, if we as drivers of vehicles do not share the responsibility of driving by signaling, driving appropriate speeds, obeying traffic lights, etc. then what happens? You got it. An accident occurs and that affects all of us. Traffic ensues, lanes are cut down, roads are re-routed and the worst...people are injured or die. We are all connected. What about when you are on a team of any sort? The same rules apply. If each person on a team plays their role then there is harmony and cooperation. However, what happens when someone decides they want all the glory and want to go above the team? Yup, conflict and hard feelings ensue. That affects each person on the team, the feelings of the people who are watching the game and so on and so forth. We are all connected.

We as humans are binded by our biology and our interactions we have with different organisms and environments around us. We are a network that thrives upon the orders of things. We are a collection of people who's fortunes many times are linked by each other's actions. Those fortunes ebb and flow each day based on decision after decision that is made. So, what does this all mean? It means that we must be careful to remember that while we are unique we are also very much the same regardless of where we come from or what we look like. Working together for the greater good provides a powerful connection for everyone to benefit from both internally and externally. We should be working towards pouring into each other not taking from each other. I've said this many times in lectures and personal conversations with people...we need to build giving relationships, not taking relationships.

Give to others, be kind to others, have an open mind with others, dance and be joyful with others, laugh with others, be respectful of others, show grace to others and love others. If you connect with others on these levels then your connections will be plentiful always. We are all connected.

Until next time...

Dr. D


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