You, Me, We©

Before-word: during a recent office retreat, the facilitator used murmuration to describe the working method of our team. We’ve had to be quite resilient in delivering services and support to the beneficiaries we serve while taking care of our wellbeing. We work to address challenging areas of social development such as human rights, equity and equality, and changing social norms to end violence against women and girls (which has escalated exponentially under lockdown and quarantine measures). As the retreat was unfolding, I wrote this tribute piece to/for my team. Our team’s motto is “ubuntu” (it’s part of the Zulu phrase “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”, which literally means that a person is a person through other people).

You, Me, We
Are but one of millions, like starlings
Swooping across a globe in flux

You, Me, We
Intricately coordinated in journey
Creating program formations to aid a world ever changing

You, Me, We
Connecting human rights, equality, justice
Leaving no “starling” behind

You, Me, We
Maintaining cohesion
Sensing uncertainty, figuring out change
Optimizing balance, maintaining consensus—US

You, Me, We
Group cohesiveness balancing
Individual efforts commending
Bounce-back-ability to build back society better

You, Me, We—UNITED, serving nations

You, Me, We—COLLECTIVE in humanity

You, Me, We—UBUNTU, I am because you are

Nature WOWS … this time with starlings in murmuration!

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In creative solidarity, Dee

2 thoughts on “You, Me, We©

  1. Anonymous

    Funny how there are really no coincidences and there REALLY is only one of us here; spiritual beings living a human experience, with all of us having the same experiences; be it man problem, pickney problem, car problem, the need for love, acceptance, belonging, etc. I am working with this programme called Conversations for Greatness (CFG) of which Ubuntu is a part; and the story of a group of children from an African tribe who surprised a visiting Anthropologist who told them he wanted them to play a game, and placed a basket full of juicy fruits near a tree and told them all that whoever got there first, would win all the fruits. However, they ran to the fruits arm in arm, then sat down and ate the fruits together. When asked why they did that, when just one person could have won it all; they said why should one person be happy, when all the others would be sad? Ubuntu; I am because you are!!


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