Webs of Connections

by Phil Porter

We simply do better—physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually—when we are connected to each other. We are healthier, happier and feel more secure. Work and play go better, relationships are smoother, and creativity flows more easily.

relationships as spokes in a wheel with us in the center.

We could see our relationships as spokes in a wheel.

And it is best if the connections work more like a web, rather than like the spokes of a wheel. I am connected to others, but those in my circle are also connected to each other. In a village, proximity would allow the slow buildup of the web of connections. But we don’t necessarily have those opportunities in our fast-paced, spread-out lives. We may work with others for years and never really get to know them very well on any other level. We are connected but the ties are wimpy and slack, too weak to really hold us up.

A web of relationships

A web of connections provides more support and security (and we still get to be the center of our own universe!)

InterPlay creates connections quickly and deeply, because it uses “sneaky deep” physical practices—simple things really, but done in a way that allows us to know each other in different ways. Each InterPlay event is a web-builder. I am always delightfully surprised when InterPlayers from different cities or even different countries know each other. I certainly can’t keep track of how and when they met! Additionally, I know that the fact that I am part of a circle that includes their connection is good for me as well.

Look around your life. What is the web of connections that will catch you when you fall? What connections could you strengthen with a little attention or intention? How might those connections make your life richer? Use the “comment” function below to share a connection that is particular powerful or important for you. That action in and of itself can help build the web.

InterPlay Secrets for Effective Groups—find out more about how webs of connections can affect the effectiveness of your organization. Move far beyond traditional teambuilding and teamwork techniques.

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4 Responses to Webs of Connections

  1. Linda Clare says:

    Sneaky Deep, my new band name?
    You rock and rule, Phil. So glad I hang on your web.

  2. Nika Quirk says:

    Do I know you? How do I know you? Did we meet at SpiderFest 1997? (grin)

  3. Georgia says:

    OOOOh I like this a lot. However if you wrote more about it and charged me, my poverty consciousness(Don’s term) would keep me from reading it. Fear is a pregnant termite.

  4. […] Security can’t be bought. It can only be woven through relationship. […]

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