The Jigsaw Puzzle that is Teamwork

Parents today have tons of opportunities to involve their kids in the community, including play groups, after school programs, church groups, gyms, and boy/girl scouts. Programs like the Boy/Girl Scouts have made a big difference in the lives of many men and women throughout the years, some have said that their experiences in those groups taught them more than what they learned in school, and prepared them better for the challenges of life and work than anything else had.

One of the things that programs like the Boy/Girl Scouts teach is how to work together peacefully. It may sound like a myth to you, but it’s true: people can learn how to work together well. It’s all about knowing how to communicate, knowing how to temper your reactions, understanding how people react and how to work with those reactions, knowing or being able to figure out what drives people, knowing when to step away, and being willing to work with and compromise both/all of your goals.

It’s our willingness and ability to work together that will determine what our future looks like, whether we’ll continue to destroy the planet and try to best each other or if we’ll choose to work towards a future that’s better for all of us. There’s more to life than the money we can make, success we can reach, and things we can gather. Until we can see that beyond the needs everyone has of being loved and needing food and a shelter, and start to understand that what matters to you may not matter to me, we’ll continue to struggle to work together.

Our differences are what make us stronger, not weaker. If you remember back to being a kid and doing jigsaw puzzles, no 2 pieces were exactly the same in size or shape or fit; you had to find the exact place a piece went or you would never finish it. But it’s the fact that they’re different and not uniform in size and shape that make the puzzle go together as well as it does: if all the pieces were squares the puzzle wouldn’t stay together well. Let’s appreciate our differences rather than trying to make everyone the same.

“To put yourself in another’s place requires real imagination, but by doing so each Girl Scout will be able to love among others happily.” Juliette Gordon Low

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