Although the source escapes me, I read an article not so long ago about the value of synergy in our lives. The article encouraged me to find ways to put the things I value together in meaningful ways.
My first reaction? Cynicism. Wasn’t synergy just a fancy word for multi-tasking? Not that I’m against multi-tasking per se. Just that I've already got that going on. It sometimes feels like multi-tasking might just take over my life. It’s necessary in this phase - with so many people needing me - but I don’t necessarily think it’s a great thing.
But this synergy idea wouldn’t leave my head. Where multi-tasking takes something away from each thing I’m attempting to accomplish, synergy adds value. It’s a way to add richness and depth to my life.
The goal is not to be busier or less focused, but to get more from the places I give my time.
In some ways, this is something that I already do.
I volunteer in the two and three year old Sunday School class at my church. I love it and would do it anyway, but it’s made all the richer and I look forward to it all the more because several of my friends and Brian are there too. It’s fun to interact with the kids, but it’s also great to have structured time to be with people I enjoy.
I read picture books to Eli and Maggie while we sit in the van, waiting for Sam to be done with school. We have to be there for pick up, but we don’t have to read the books. It would be just as easy (or easier, really) to scroll through my phone and let them watch something on the DVD player. But this gives us connection rather than disconnection.
I meet up with one group of girlfriends for Bible Study every other weekend. I get together with another set of friends for monthly book club meetings. I listen to podcasts while I walk and often while I drive around town. Alternately, I pray while I walk or while I drive around town. A few times, I’ve arranged with friends to meet up at the library (kids in tow) for preschool story time. Without intention, I’m doing it.
Still, I think there is more to be gleaned and I want to move forward with intention. Also, I like how it fits so nicely with my word for the year. My quest for the next few weeks: seeking more opportunities for synergy.