We Must Work Together, To Win Together
Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists. Charting our own course, walking alone as we do our best to provide and protect for our family’s.
America is a nation of small, tight-knit communities and always has been. The more we cooperate, share, defer to others, and work together, the more successful we are.
Today, as we seek to come back from a public health and economic crisis, that spirit of community is more important than ever. It holds the key to our survival.
We live in large cities, and quiet small towns, but the common denominator in all is the burning desire to revitalize ourselves. To become more vibrant, prosperous, livable, and loveable than ever before. When citizens and leaders come together, put their self-interest on the back burner and work as a team, things get done. When they don’t, nothing gets done.
Our ancestors huddled together in small groups and worked to protect each other from harsh and unforgiving conditions.
They must have joined forces, shared what they had, and leaned on each other when times were tough. They had to, they would not have survived otherwise.
And on the larger stage, our nation’s founders had to work together in a similar fashion to bring America into being. And as leaders of communities of all shapes, sizes and political persuasions, we can all learn a lot from them.
And we should as we seek to reopen, recover, rebuild, and continue working to defeat the coronavirus and other issues that compound our nation.
Don’t be overly concerned with your own well being. Set aside your own short-term interests and you may accomplish far more for everyone in the long run.
Despite bitter disputes and differences of opinion, a group of people with little in common can accomplish much with shared determination to get something done. Nothing will change if we don’t set aside our disagreements and move the ball down the court.
It’s important to know what matters. Don’t let petty disputes about how things should get done sabotage the greater task at hand. When we try to make it about ourselves, we can get off track and derail the project or initiative. Keep the greater goal in mind and stay focused on that.
No one complained that John Hancock’s signature was bigger than theirs, or that so-and-so got to sign the Declaration before they did. The founders kept their focus on the ambitious mission and vision of standing up to one of the most powerful authorities in the world: the King of England.
Join together and take bold action at the local level. Citizen-powered change is the most powerful change. If it’s to be, it’s up to you and me, not government agencies.
Yes, early communities needed each other and that drove their interactions. We are going through a period of time where many believe we don’t need each other and that clearly isn’t true. We should realize that working together is the only way we can make our cities and towns thrive and safe.
No one is saying America’s founders were perfect. But one thing they got right was knowing they needed to work together for a common cause.
Teamwork is a powerful force. We couldn’t have built a nation without it, and we can’t build a better community without it either.