"Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice."
Douglas B. Reeves
"We are exploring together. We are cultivating a garden together, backs to the sun. The question is a hoe in our hands and we are digging beneath the hard and crusty surface to the rich humus of our lives."
Parker J. Palmer
As true in the collaboration of relationship and family as it is in the business and artistic workplace . . . it is a skill . . . it is a practice . . . it is an art . . .
My collaborative professional work this week is putting together and co-hosting (with my Co-President, Avis Boone) the 2013 Collaboration Awards for the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, a very exciting evening celebrating Women Working With Women, that I am collaborating on with some wonderful women, and that is honoring some women I respect and revere and love.
My collaborative personal work this week is trying to keep taking all the curve balls we've been thrown (and are throwing at each other) and find a way to keep moving forward with strength and with grace. Take no crap but do it nicely. Not always easy. Especially in a week like this one coming up.
But I keep cultivating the skills, the practice . . .
I have a plan for a book in my list of projects to write sometime: "Relationship As a Collaborative Art Form."
The process is the product.
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