I seem to be experiencing everything in my life these days as a symbol of some aspect of collaboration. It’s like the phenomenon of suddenly noticing all the crimson red Priuses on the road after buying one yourself or not being able to avoid walking side-by-side with pregnant woman when you are going through infertility treatments.
Whatever I am thinking about seems to show up in my life or at least I find the connection with the help of my creative mind.
Last Friday’s car ride to one of the outer boroughs of New York offered me yet more evidence of the power of coming together. My creative writing group friends, Mickey Waring, Jan Margolis and Marcia Holtzman became passengers in my car for our trip to Brooklyn. This was the first of a series of rotating writing group meetings and we were headed towards the home of Donna Rubens. Our 45 minute ride from Metuchen was full of each of our unique energies.
Jan had her GPS system to augment our printed directions. Jan, the calm, guiding and reassuring one showed us the way from Route 287 to the Staten Island Expressway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and beyond. Her eye on our path kept us on target.
Mickey, the first to jump into the front seat with me, brought her open, honest spirit to our midst with her talk of being hungry. Of course we all in unison felt the need to stop for a bagel in support of Mickey. The compassion of this group of women towards one anther is unequaled. Mickey has helped make it safe for all of us to say what we need at any time.
And then there was Marcia. Her quiet affirmations of my driving skill encouraged me to relax into being the one to carry us on. In the life of our writing group called WOM – Writers of Metuchen – Marcia has taught us the importance of highlighting the promise and the positive potential of what we each write. Our energy as a group grows from this strong foundation.
A simple car ride across 2 boroughs of New York reminds me of some of the key elements that sustain collective efforts. Clear goals, honest expressions and a positive outlook help strengthen our writing group. How lucky we are to know one another. It’s no accident that I am co-writing a book on collaboration and I know from trip’s like this one to Brooklyn, the subject had some of it’s birth in the life I have shared with this group of writers.
Now that I have you thinking about collaboration, what will you notice around you today?