“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford.
Coming together is a beginning
This morning is a beginning. We have come together from chapter 18 and chapter 30 to begin as chapter 15. Beginnings can be challenging; new faces and names to remember, new stories to understand, and the anxiety that comes with trying to develop new relationships. There is another word for anxiety though: excitement.
Keeping together is progress
For us to progress, we must embrace that excitement. It is up to each of us to meet with each other, get to know the new faces, and put in the time and effort necessary to build new relationships. In order to keep us together, we must grow together, and new relationships don’t grow on their own; they require nurturing.
Working together is success.
And with the proper nurturing, these new relationships will flourish. Keeping together will no longer require effort, and we will begin to work together. There is an African proverb that says “Many hands make light work.” Let us join our hands, working together towards success.