We have selected Cooperation as one of our core virtues because we understand at the Virtues Circle that together we can do what we cannot do alone. To inspire others about the joy of practicing virtues requires the Cooperation of all of us on the Virtues Circle board.
The practice of Cooperation can begin in our homes with our families. We are considerate about picking up after ourselves and sharing the load. We pitch in with chores. We cooperate by contributing towards the running of the household.
In my own home, we have a dog, our much loved Charlie. I walk and feed Charlie in the morning. My son and his girlfriend take him to the dog park daily. And my daughter walks and feeds Charlie at night. We all pitch in to care for our dog. In this way, no one person does all the work.
Cooperation is teamwork at its utmost. Every member of a team is important and has a unique role to play. When we don’t cooperate the whole group suffers. Take a baseball team for instance: if the catcher and second baseman chose not to cooperate it would seriously diminish the team’s chance of winning or even of being a contender. When everyone in a group cooperates, the group stands a better chance of succeeding.
In our communities we can look for ways to be cooperative. Being in traffic is a perfect opportunity to practice “Road Joy” instead of “Road Rage.” When we see someone with a need we offer kindness and help. Many people practice Cooperation in a group setting by giving to charities, walking for hunger, cancer and many other organizations. There is strength in numbers. We can also call on the virtues of Compassion and Generosity to be helpful in our communities.
At work, Cooperation is a must if we want to get along with our co-workers. We practice Excellence by dong the best job we can. We are Courteous and Considerate and treat our fellow workers with Respect. Cooperation is contagious! When we cooperate we inspire those around us to become willing to cooperate. At work, Cooperation creates a more harmonious atmosphere and helps things to run smoothly.
Finally, I would like to appeal to our local, national and world leaders in the spirit of Hope. Our world today is in need of authentic and truthful leadership. We could surely use some real Cooperation between political parties and nations alike. There is much unrest and too much blood has been shed in the name of race, religion and political differences. Pollution threatens our Earth in many ways. I challenge our leaders to remember their role of representing all people and not just a few. Cooperation is crucial! It doesn’t mean there’s no room for disagreement. It means stepping up and finding creative ways to solve some of our big problems TOGETHER. I don’t despair because I know Cooperation begins with each on of us, as individuals, respecting and considering the rights and needs of our fellow brothers and sisters.
How do you practice Cooperation? What other virtues are you calling forth in your practice of Cooperation?