Better Together

Why collaboration rocks

Today I woke up with lyrics in my head from Jack Johnson’s song, Better Together. Like I was singing in the car, not all of the words were in my head, but “la la la” and mumbling and then something about sitting beneath the mango tree.

I love mangos. I had a great papaya last night, but no mangos were ripe enough to buy at the market last night. The message could be a reminder to try again.

But really, the message is how much better we are when we work together, play together, create together and love together.

Yesterday I happened to see on Twitter—thanks to the togetherness of people curating cool ideas—that it was Happy #NationalWomenPhysiciansDay. I could have let you think it was part of a grand plan for publicity. Nope. Pure coincidence. Or synchronicity (which I like to say is my religion).

So I jumped to announce the debut of our first book at Creative Courage Press. Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning into Well-Being by the most amazing woman physician and friend named Mukta Panda, MD.

And I posted to Facebook, to my “better together” community of friends and family, including Courage & Renewal facilitators who rock at creating community.

Today I’m grateful for the sense of being “Better Together” with wholehearted and trustworthy people to share in the excitement and terror of launching a book and a business.

The non-terrifying part is that I have more courage to shout to the rooftops about this awesome and important new book by Mukta Panda, M.D. because I believe in her and her message so completely.

How does having people believe in you fortify you to do hard things?

Here’s a live version of Jack Johnson singing “Better Together” in Paris. Love the whistles, shouts and happy voices singing along with him! And I love Jack’s line:

Love is the answer at least for most of the questions in my heart.