I’m going through our Family Creed and addressing each line. The next one up is “We believe…the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.” This line is actually why I chose this family creed. It is so powerful. Read this again and soak it in–the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.
The definition of synergy is: two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently. The word synergy or synergism comes from two Greek words: erg meaning “to work”, and syn meaning “together”; hence, synergism is a “working together.”
I look at my beautiful family–what is unique about each one of us? My husband has the creative and intuitive eye–he is able to pull the beauty and essence out of anything, whether it be another person or the natural flavors in an amazing meal. He is unassuming and allows others to find their own way, when sometimes I want to shove them through the door. He is able to grasp the attention of one-year-olds and ninety-year-olds with his storytelling and animated behavior. He is not only my husband and the love of my life, he is someone I deeply respect and admire.
My incredible first-born “Ladybug Girl”– what stands out to me in her? She goes by the beat of her own drum, and it’s a fascinating rhythm. She is a deep thinker, and a master negotiator. She has an amazing ability to put two and two together to understand an overall concept. She turns four today, and I thoroughly enjoy her. I see my stubborn will in her, but I also see a little girl who will be a leader, who will think beyond what people tell her to think and carve a new path, who will persuade and inspire and make an impact on all she meets.
My sweet “Snuggle-puppy” is next, and at 18 months, there are still plenty of unique traits in her. She has a volume level that will wake the dead, and although I may make me cringe sometimes, this little doll commands attention wherever she goes, and she gets it. She has such a love for people and seeks out new friends wherever we go. She loves to dress up and wear hats and shoes—it’s ironic, she’s so open to people, so loving and engaging, and her favorite pastime is to walk in someone else’s shoes. Literally.
Then there’s me–it’s easy to lay it out for others, but take a moment to reflect on yourself. It’s hard! What are my strengths? What is unique about me? I have a mission to love above all things–it’s so important to me that it affects everything I do–how I choose to respond to a customer service email, how I make myself give a hug sometimes when I’d rather shut down and walk away…when I’m reminded about how I’d rather practice being kind rather than being right. My personality tends to lean toward wanting to be right all the time–to “win.” But I think my biggest strength is that my idea of winning is when love wins. (Yes, I’m about to read Rob Bell’s controversial book, Love Wins, and I can’t wait). For me, when I win, I truly hope it’s in love rather than in facts.
So….here are these unique traits in each of us in our family–alone, we are some strong-willed people! But together, with all of these…if we pull a little from each of us–the patience to step back and see the essence of someone and allow them to discover it at their own pace, the determination to act on your dreams and motivate others to do the same, the ability to embrace the world with open arms and understand life in another’s shoes, and the decision to above all, let love win…what a powerful family we’ve become.
What is unique about you? About each family member? How can you apply it to your overall family for the ultimate synergy?