Revolutionary Thoughts: Doing it Together

I am a lone wolf by nature. Who loves community.

In truth I find trust hard. And know I can rely on myself to get shit done. I prefer to motor on ahead than spend hours in meetings where no decisions are reached, or pandering to egos that want the power but not the work that comes with it.

For my 20s independence and self sufficiency was my intention in every area of my life. I wanted to live a self-sufficient life – growing and making all our own food, clothes, education… everything… but in a perfect intentional community. A strange combination.

I get a lot done, and done my way. But somewhere along the line realised my energy was not as infinite as my vision. I got burnt out a lot. And felt isolated.

Last night I was going through in my head the various work I’ve done. The things I started or helped make happen – arts festivals, play group, a school, a women’s group, a magazine, a chocolate business, classes of all kinds…

Last night though I led, and did a lot of behind the scenes leg work for, our new red tent, it wasn’t just me – we are all in it together – co creating… Just like I realised like a bolt between the eyes, as I wa freaking out about metaphorical tables and chairs with this big secret growth that’s going on here in Dreaming Aloud world…  it’s not just me… I am supported. There are lots of us, invested in it together. Collaboration. Shared responsibility. Shared visioning.. shared work.

And again this morning, whilst I have put in a lot of time and energy in to the continued unfurling of our red tent… I feel the co-creative energy there –  it’s as though its unfolding by magic, as each woman weaves in her ideas and quilts and needs….

I cannot tell you how beautiful the space looked last night. The floor covered in red cloths and handmade quilts, soft pillows every where, a beautifully co created centre piece and twinkling nightlights. We each did our bit to create this magic, and set up and clear up were easy, stress free… a collaborative loving joy.

And I recognise that was there before… collaboration… but I didn’t trust it to take my weight… for people to do what they said… part me, part them… but it usually ended in tears and burn out…

But now I’m really seeing and feeling, online and offline the beauty of collaboration in all areas of my work… now I have a wide circle of dreamers, conspirators and collaborators who are on the same page. We are standing in our authentic power. We value honest, clear communication. And it is pure magic. Weaving different people’s energies together to co-create things much bigger than any of us can do alone. We hold each other, and each others visions, with clear agreements as to what we can do or give. And we are all blessed by the creations that unfold.

Here’s to doing it together!

Tell me how are you with collaboration? Does it come naturally? Are you inclined to go it alone? Do you burn out? Have you got a strong circle of collaborators or are you still looking? 

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