Making best use of our collective tools


My friend, Tim, commented on my last blog, by observing that we sometimes manage to leave our toolbox at home, perhaps despite our best intentions.


A couple of days ago, I was watching my dog and cat acting as a tag team to catch a mouse they had found in the house (yes, I regularly have mice join me for yoga practice…I guess they like the calm, meditative environment…until the pets get involved!).


Anyway, Kitty and Tash were both making the best of the skills they possess…Kitty was quiet, considered, thoughtful, stealthy – she seemed to be planning her next move and was willing to demonstrate great patience by waiting for the mouse to make a move. Tash, on the other hand, was her usual exuberant, enthusiastic self, and couldn’t sit still for a second in her efforts to make a new friend.


In the end, thanks to their efforts, I was able to step in with the humane trap, scoop up the mouse and release it into the park…so no animals were harmed during the making of this blog!


My point is that even though Kitty, Tash and myself have very different skills in our toolboxes for mouse catching, we were able to combine these effectively and achieve a win:win outcome for all concerned.


There are so many scenarios in life that depend upon us combining our skills with others to achieve something we may not be able to achieve on our own.


Aristotle certainly knew a thing or two when he observed, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”…a topic I could go on about forever!

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