I remember listening to a very famous speaker at a conference who, partway through his presentation, looked out at his audience and authoritatively declared,
“If it is to be, It Is up to me.”
The audience applauded at that statement highlighting the importance of personal responsibility.
During the very next session, an equally famous speaker (it was a cool convention) :-), partway through his presentation, and with an air of benevolence, said,
“Nobody does it alone.”
The audience applauded at that statement highlighting the importance of teamwork and outreach.
But afterwards, in the halls and in the hotel restaurant, there was discussion about those two “opposing” thoughts.
However, they are not opposing at all, are they? In fact, they are one of those magnificent paradoxes of life: when two seemingly divergent statements or philosophies, in actuality fit together beautifully, like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
It is up to me; it’s up to you; up to him; up to her to take personal responsibility. And part of that includes taking appropriate action to connect with others in such a way that we develop relationships beneficial to all concerned.
Do you agree? And, how else do you see this playing out? We’ll take a further look in Part Two.