“We’re all only fragile threads, but what a tapestry we make.” ~ Jerry Ellis, Walking the Trail …
Reading these words by Jerry brings to mind several memories from my childhood in which the theme of being a part of something much bigger than myself is unmistakable. As a boy, I remember being taught about the beauty of a snowflake–how alone, they are fragile and easily destroyed; yet when they come together, in many cases, they become an unstoppable force. And as a teenager, I recall my high school football coach talking to me about being a part of the team–how no man can win a game on his own but can add tremendous value to that of the team. It is through working together in harmony–team unity–that we achieve the goals we set forth.
Both of these ideas focus on the fact that alone we have limited ability, limited power. And by working together and focusing our time and energy on being part of a whole, we can realize our true potentials–we can become a beautiful tapestry. Tapestries are this unity, and they can be beautiful when there is harmony between their elements. When the different colors, shapes, and sizes work together in their own ways to make a unified whole, a tapestry can present an absolutely amazing picture. And in that picture there is also strength–as the simple threads that are joined together cannot be broken at all in their new situation as part of a greater whole, whereas a single thread can be torn and broken in my hands. By working together with others, we can gain great strength.
Over the course of my life, I have participated in many hockey games in which we had a single player score two and even three goals, yet we still experienced defeat. The fact is that in team sports, it cannot ever come down to one player to win or lose, or defeat will most likely be the result. The games in which we are most successful, are the ones in which we play as a team and function well together–the ones who show beauty and strength together through their unity.
So where do you and I fit in the tapestries in each of our lives? Where can our fragile self contribute just the right elements to help complete a tapestry with others? The truth is that there really are no limitations or boundaries–as long as we keep our hearts, minds, and eyes open to each opportunity we can find, our unique contributions will help to create a more beautiful, unified whole.
Help someone accomplish a task today through strength of unity.
Questions to consider:
Why is it sometimes difficult to commit ourselves to be part of a larger whole? What are the risks?
In what ways is a tapestry stronger than the individual threads that make it up? How does the beauty of a tapestry come to be?
Why is it important for us to work together rather than trying to function always at an individual level?
For further thought:
“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” ~ Vesta M. Kelly