“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” ~ Winston Churchill


by Pete Ferguson

There is a story of an early migrant to the US who attends a competition to watch a number of different ox teams to see which team can out pull the rest.

As the migrant walks around surveying the various teams, he settles in on the two largest ox as the likely winners.

He places his bet and then watches each team yoke up to the heavy load. He is a bit amused when he sees the two smallest ox yoke up. Their owner is gently speaking into their ears, they work in perfect unison and to everyone’s surprise, out pull all of the competition.

Bewildered, and now out hard-earned cash, the migrant asks a bystander how it is possible to which he gets the reply: “it isn’t about size, it is about working in unison.”

Where there is unity there is always victory.

~ Publilius Syrus

It isn’t about who is largest, fastest, or the best that defines a winner – it is the person who can unify others to the common cause who moves mountains.

Consider Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or Nelson Mandela. They each inspired others around them towards a common goal of human decency and equality. And they each did what seemed impossible creating social change with only the thoughts and bodies of those who followed.

As you look at your team, coworkers, family and company – are you all headed in the same direction with the same unity? If not, the fighting within will tear you apart long before the competition will.

It takes courage to not gossip, backbite or fixate on the flaws of others. It takes courage to set aside personal differences, ask for an apology and work together while checking your pride at the door.

Great civilizations have only endured when they were able to unite internally and fight against the external oppressor.

The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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