Commentary

October 12, 2012

Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

by Chaplain Bob Meissner
452 AMW Chapel services

I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse-pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That’s a reality show I haven’t seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most.

His grandfather won numerous awards at fairs and rodeos. He would train his draft horses with blocks of concrete. He told the story of one horse-pull where his horse Billy, pulled 2,500 pounds and Barney, pulled 3,000 pounds. Joined together you would think they would pull 5,500 pounds.

But that’s not the case. They actually pulled more than 10,500 pounds when teamed together! How could they do it? It’s a principle called synergism. It is defined as the interaction of elements, that when combined, produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements—this is the power of teamwork! It means that much more can be done in a team effort than can be accomplished alone.

There’s a verse in the Bible that illustrates the principle of synergism, which states, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.

There’s no doubt about it, a team is capable of accomplishing things that no individual, no matter how talented, could ever do alone. Teamwork increases the effectiveness of each member on the team. But, it means we have to pull in the same direction. We can accomplish great things with our team mates; whether in work, marriage, other relationships and in Team March!




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Chaplain

Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many year...
 
 
DoD photo by Casper Manlangit

Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at t...
 
 

CSAF utilizes new technologies to engage with Airmen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark A. Welsh III teamed up with Google to launch a live discussion with Airmen from bases around the world, using video chat technology. Airmen asked both the general and his wife, Betty Welsh, questions about Air Force life, ranging anywhere from future mission and...
 

 

TRICARE patients must attest to health care coverage

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 – As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health care insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty. For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, all U.S. citizens, including service...
 
 
Department of Defense photo/ Casper Manlangit

Hagel: Fight to end sexual assault must be ‘personal’

Department of Defense photo/ Casper Manlangit Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provides closing remarks at the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Summit Jan. 16, 2015, on Joint Base Andrews, Md. Efforts to eliminate the baneful i...
 
 
HBI-graphic

Finding, keeping focus on the motivation to quit smoking

U.S. Air Force graphic /Senior Airman Jaimi L. Upthegrove “I can smell it, and it makes me nauseous,” he said. “I can’t kiss you or even be around you. This has to stop.” That was the exact moment I knew it was time t...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin