“It is probably not love that makes the world go around, but rather those mutually supportive alliances through which partners recognize their dependence on each other for the achievement of shared and private goals.” Fred Allen
Life clearly does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes. Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia. James Lovelock
Partners come in all shapes and forms. We see them everywhere and they are not always of the human kind. I love visiting my local zoo because we can learn a lot about how life forms interact by watching how the animals build their own version of a hierarchy, collaborate, and manage their controlled and contained space. Frankly, I think humans could learn a lot from those interactions. Given the dastardly decision that GB made to leave the European Union, we could all stand to learn more about the value and power of partnerships. Partnerships keep us going/growing, partnerships keep us alive and connected, and when we are lacking in certain strengths, partnerships help us stay relevant. Why did they leave? I’m very disappointed by Brexit! For this exercise on Partners, I turned to my local Bronx Zoo and the many forms of life that co-habit in that space. I also turned to a man with his loyal partner — a dog. What more can we ask for, right?
“Perfect partners don’t exist. Perfect conditions exist for a limited time in which partnerships express themselves best.” Wayne Rooney
Future peace, prosperity and confidence depend not just on ourselves but on the success of all nations. Hence, we are all partners, no matter what our backgrounds, cultures, faiths and histories. Hassanal Bolkiah
Even if perfect partnerships don’t exist, I think we all thrive when we are in partnerships that support and nudge us to be better. Whenever we see couples on TV celebrating their 1,000th year together, the inevitable question always pops out of the reporter’s mouth: How did you stay together for so long? And like clockwork, the invariable answer comes forth: We stayed out of each others way… Hahaha! Jokes aside, they often add another thought: We respected each others point of view, worked together to uplift each other, and compromised on issues that really mattered. We need more compromising in our partnerships.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: PARTNERS – This week, share an image of partners. A pair, a trio, a sextet; people, buildings, plants — whatever you choose to shoot, give us subjects that are in tune with one another.
Positive Motivation Tip: Walk through life building partnerships that nourish you… They can make a difference.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.