FRIDAY, MAY 11: Titusville, Florida is where I find the topic for this week’s column.
This is where I find a sense of hope in all of us working together.
This is a story of two four year olds — Roisin and Cameron — coming together and collaborating for the first time to reach their important goal of quenching their thirst.
I was sent this picture a few weeks ago by Roisin’s aunt Marian who included the word “priceless.”
As you look into these photos you will see something very powerful and is needed all around the world today — two innocent minds with one goal of getting a drink of water, but both knowing that they will have to collaborate with each other to accomplish this goal.
Marian explained the family was sitting in a park in Titusville in the midday heat. She turned around to look at Roisin and there she was by the water fountain meeting a new friend and both plotting out how they were going to accomplish their task at hand.
Marian grabs the camera and snaps photos of them completing their task.
With both of the kids realizing that they could not accomplish it by themselves, they worked out a plan to support each other to make this great challenge simple.
Collaboration is one the reasons we are having trouble developing in our country and around the world.
Our sports, community groups, families, businesses, government ministries suffer because our lack of working together for success.
Particularly in Bermuda, can you imagine if all the governing bodies of sports came together to develop a blueprint that will involve education, business and social structure for their respective sport?
Coming together and learning from each other’s success and failures and then collaborating to establish a greater outcome for their athletes and country?
The reality in our country is that we only have around 65,000 people and maybe 6,000 people who compete in sports and with over 30 sporting governing bodies there has to be a way to have every athlete in Bermuda moving in the same direction.
This task only becomes difficult if it is done alone.
The one big question we should all have after looking at these photos is that if two four year olds who met for the first time could figure out that working together is the easiest and best way in making a great task simple, then why do we as a country struggle with it, especially when we have some of the greatest minds and talent on the island?
Henry Ford once said: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Until next time!