coffee + cre8tive [apr 4 06]

April showers bring May flowers. As I sit here listening to the rain tapping on my window, I can't help but think about the obvious interdependence of all living things. We are all dependent on what is around us to survive. The rain causes growth. Just as the hard times we experience can lead to growth, too.

We are but a speck of dust in this world. Interdependence is a humbling truth that we cannot avoid. Even in business, if it weren't for our contacts and customers - the good relationships we build with them - our business wouldn't survive. For every person we hurt, that is one less member on our team, one less person to build us up, one less person to talk about what we do to others which can lead to hundreds or even thousands not finding out. In the business world this is critical to survival. You burn one single bridge and it can lead to hundreds of people learning of it and then, when you least expect it, you need that bridge and suddenly, you realize you cannot cross. When I worked in the corporate world, my mentor Lynne always spoke of this. Never ever burn a bridge. Never approach someone unless you have all of the facts first and really know what you are talking about. Make every conversation count. Don't assume you won't someday need that other person. Interdependence in creation, in business, in relationships, in everything... there is no denying that great things come when you respect this process and live peacefully in the world recognizing the order of things. Not just living peacefully but also being proactive. Actively seeking ways to show you respect other living things. There is a nice article about interdependence today here that I think you'll enjoy.

Those are my thoughts for today.

(image by Jane Maxwell. You can learn more about Jane and her work on the beautiful Creative Swoon blog)