It seems that everywhere we look, we are being sold a myth of fear, separation, and scarcity. The media continually reminds us that we are pitted against one another. In truth, however, we are one community, and all is well. There is enough, and we are enough.
When we bring the practice of collaboration and reciprocity into conscious view a kind of alchemy occurs. To make this magic happen, we need to shift our worldview from the “you-OR-me” world of scarcity and competition to the “you-AND-me” world of collaboration.
In a you-OR-me world, reciprocity and collaboration don’t fit. However, a you-AND-me world is full of collaboration and reciprocity! In that world, our resources are not only enough; they are infinite.
Through a myriad of examples from Mother Nature, we can see that different species of plants and animals already know how to coexist; each providing something essential to balance the environment resulting in an ecosystem that supports the whole of life. As in Nature, so too in our communities, especially now.
This global crisis has inspired many new forms of collaboration because we have had to become even more resourceful as we strive to support each other, our children, our families, and our businesses in these challenging times.
It’s so important that we “see no stranger” despite endeavors to drive wedges between us and to convince us otherwise.
Virtually every day of my life I witness the power of collaboration that bridges these so-called divides that the media continues to try to convince us of.
Truly, in our every breath we embody reciprocity.
Reciprocity is like the breath we breathe in—no more than what we need, and we breathe out exactly the amount that must be released.
Remember, in reciprocity, there is nourishment and joy. I am here for you, and you are here for me.
Based on text by Lynne Twist