“Turn on the TV.”

I will never forget where I was and what I was doing when asked to turn on the television.

A fellow junior high parent who we carpooled with had called to say she wasn’t sending her daughter to school that day. The country was under attack and she was scared.

I remember almost scoffing at what seemed an absurdity.

What I vividly remember is watching in stunned disbelief as the second tower collapsed in real time in front of me.

You know the rest.

It’s hard to believe that it’s now been two decades. Yet what I also clearly remember is we as a people came together to help each other get off the mat and recover.

While September 11th will always be honored and remembered, what began on September 12th should also not be forgotten. It was the beginning of the ultimate team rally.

Humanity is a team sport.

We will never agree on all things. We will always have disagreements – sometimes even very volatile ones – because we all have different perspectives and experiences.

But make no mistake, even the greatest “teams” find a way to still respect and care for their mates; put ego and pride aside for the good of others who they might disagree with or simply not like; and seek to offer help to those who are in most vulnerable and in need.

Our companies, associations, and most cherished relationships should be no different. If our goal is success in any of these areas, then we must take personal responsibility for our own thoughts, words, and actions. We have to commit to putting our own egos and pride aside for the benefit and service of others.

Humanity is a team sport. And it takes all of us to be a team.

Quote of the Week:

“I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.”

~ Jean-Francios Cope (20th century French politician)

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