UBUNTU - The REAL Meaning of Teamwork

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UBUNTU - The REAL Meaning of Teamwork!

The NEW Meaning of Teamwork - UBUNTU

An Anthropologist suggested the following game to a group of children in an African tribe... He placed a basket full of fresh fruit under a tree.  Then he said, whoever reaches the basket first in a race will be the winner of all the fruit.

As he gave the signal to begin the race, the whole group held hands and ran in unison to the tree.  Then they sat down and enjoyed the prize together.

When asked why they had done such a thing, they replied; "UBUNTU"... 'How could one of us be happy (feel happiness) while the rest are in despair (unhappy)?'

In the Xhosa culture, Ubuntu means: "I am, because we are."  Perhaps we could all learn a thing or two from the Xhosa people ;)))
UBUNTU - The REAL Meaning of Teamwork!

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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Great story that illustrates an important lesson we all need to LIVE! Thanks!

Jul 31, 2012 05:38 AM #25
Judy C Jennings
William Raveis Real Estate - Plymouth, MA
Broker Associate in Plymouth County MA

Mel - This is a very inspirational story and one that should be shared. Suggested. :)

Jul 31, 2012 12:56 PM #26
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Melinda... what a wonderful way of thinking.  A great  philisophy to live one's life by.  Thanks so much for such an inspiring story.  IF ONLY more folks thought like this... what a wonderful world this would be.

But... then again, some supply-side, trickle-down economics conservatives would call it Socialism, and try to scare everyone. 

A society that lives primarily as a "me first" society will ultimately fail.  We ARE our brother's and our sister's keepers.  We must either "swim together" or we will sink together.


Aug 01, 2012 10:30 AM #27
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Joyce ~ Where there are willing hearts... UBUNTU can exist anywhere!

Welcome back Sweetie Gayle... I love your new pic too!  How's Kasa girl?

Thanks Gary... the pond we swim in is really much smaller than we think ;)

Thank you Judy... someone shared it with me and now I'm sharing it with you ;)

I believe UBUNTU can transcend any side of the aisle of politics/religion... if one has a willing mind & spirit... Karen!

Aug 01, 2012 04:53 PM #28
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Mel:  I sincerely hope so.  I think the future of the world will eventually depend on it.  Once again... a great post !

Aug 01, 2012 06:58 PM #29
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

  Thanks for the Ah-ha moment!
Featured you in my Weekly Post!

Aug 05, 2012 05:38 AM #30
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors ~ Subsidiary of NRT, LLC - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Mel,

I just came over from Kathy's post this morning about your post being an Ah ha moment..she was right. I can't believe this post is not featured! I love it..I just pressed the suggest button!

Aug 05, 2012 05:48 AM #31
Patricia Feager
Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I found this post re-blogged by Kathy this morning. It's a winner! Of course I had to suggest. If ActiveRain gave out Oscars for the best blog posts of 2012, I would vote for this one to be the winner.

I love the spirit of those children and the meaning behind the word. This story truly tugs hard at my heart. This story of yours needs to go on National Television!!!

During this time of the Olympics, this story says it all about competiokn and good sportsmanship. It's the BEST I've read today and in many previous posts too.

Thank you Mel.

Aug 05, 2012 06:29 AM #32
Linda Piper
Planatek Financial, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA

This is one of the best posts I've ever read - the photo is absolutely breathtaking - no words needed to read its meaning.  Thank you so much!

Aug 05, 2012 07:05 AM #33
Melissa Marro
Watson Realty Corp - Saint Augustine, FL
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra

This is one of those great photos that I regularly see on facebook, spreading virally from time to time. It is a stunning and emotional image. 

Aug 05, 2012 07:37 AM #34
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Mel, this is a great post. I love the message it sends and the idea that htese mere children are so much wiser than many adults.

Aug 05, 2012 11:07 AM #35
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Great story! Sometimes children are so much smarter than adults.

Aug 05, 2012 12:24 PM #36
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

That is terrific.  And, I am glad that Kathy Streib sent me over!

Aug 05, 2012 12:40 PM #37
Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

I remember where I heard it, from a speaker at our Rotary meeting.  

Aug 05, 2012 01:30 PM #38
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

We cooperate in some activities and we perform as individuals in others. Probably would not get the same result in a US setting. Cultural norms differ, sometimes a group effort works, and other times we have to strike out on our own. Just one opinion.

Aug 05, 2012 05:27 PM #39
Kathy Della-Nebbia
Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage - Hamilton, ON

Saw this because of Kathy's weekly Ah-ha moment and very glad she shared it, its beautiful.


Aug 05, 2012 06:29 PM #40
Kathy Della-Nebbia
Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage - Hamilton, ON

Meg, I shared your blog on my Pinterest.com/RLPKathyDn under my inspirational board. 


Aug 05, 2012 06:38 PM #41
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Mel, a great message and wonderful photo to tell their meaningful story!

Aug 05, 2012 07:52 PM #42
Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I came over from Kathy's blog.  How wonderful that they feel such a tight community bond.  I love that picture, so sweet.

Aug 05, 2012 10:44 PM #43
Brian Schulte
Allison James Estates & Homes - Sierra Vista, AZ
SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ

This is a fabulous article and I thank you for it. :-)

Aug 06, 2012 06:28 AM #44
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