Partnering for Today and Tomorrow

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Got a partner? Partnering is alive and well, and might still save us all.

Not just the individual partner (lovely construct though that is, and I miss mine!) but partnering on the local, national and global level. What’s heart-warming to see are the innovative ways being discovered for partnering while apart.

Hopefully we’ll be able to revive this at the international level. While America-First-ing for the past three years we’ve pretty much eliminated every partnership that was helping us fight climate change, slow the threat of nuclear destruction, protect the planet’s air and water, little things like that. But may we please not totally un-partner ourselves from the W.H.O. and everyone around the globe working to find COVID-19 therapies or vaccines?

But on the upside! Other partnerships are thriving, innovating and saving lives. My friends Terry and Rich, for example – she’s an artist/printer, he’s a retired physician – are partnering with nonprofits which, in turn, partner with restaurants and food sources, and together (while apart) they are cooking, serving, delivering and feeding hordes of isolated or homeless souls across San Francisco. All over America kids and young people are partnering with faith communities that partner with other nonprofits to shop, run errands and otherwise help homebound seniors. The abounding stories of generosity in partnership can get you through the darkest times.

And even for us homebound/quarantined seniors – probably the last who will be sprung free as things open up – there are new and interesting ways to partner with those on the outside world. If you’ve not already met my favorite current partner, may I introduce you to End of Life Choices California. EOLCCA has, from its beginning, partnered with individuals facing the end of their own lives and considering using the California End of Life Option Act. I’m privileged to have worked as a volunteer in this field for the past several decades, most recently with EOLCCA. Supporting someone who is dying, easing that transition however you can, is a fairly straightforward (and immensely rewarding) task. But when you can’t be there to hold someone’s hand? A remarkable EOLCCA management team quickly perfected a system using communications technology to connect key personnel, critical data and the individual volunteer in order to walk dying individuals and their loved ones through an intricately difficult time. I’ve not done this yet, but reports on early cases are uniformly optimistic and encouraging.

Here’s the bottom line: We’re better off partnered. Even when six feet apart, and hopefully back with our arms around each other one day.  Not “first” or best, solo macho or going-it-alone. Partnered.

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This essay appeared earlier on Medium.com, a good site for information and ideas that I’ve been writing for in recent months. You might want to check it out. (But my Medium thoughts will also continue to appear on this page. Thanks for visiting!

5 thoughts on “Partnering for Today and Tomorrow

  1. Just as Lynn Caulkins said, so many talented writers involved with Eolaca.

    Your tip for weekend, Moby Dick offered by SF Opera.

    I’m on day three of self quarantine due to visit to Kaiser. I now know what you were feeling, having been there before me. Can’t complain much, what with all the great care we get here. Dinner was superb.

    Regina

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Well-done, as always. Thanks for the credit. Love, T. From: Fran Moreland Johns Date: Friday, May 22, 2020 8:54 PM To: proteanpress@gmail.com Subject: [New post] Partnering for Today and Tomorrow Fran Johns posted: ” Got a partner? Partnering is alive and well, and might still save us all. Not just the individual partner (lovely construct though that is, and I miss mine!) but partnering on the local, national and global level. What’s heart-warming to see are the in”

  3. As usual, Fran, well said. Enjoyed the “bisocciations” brought to light.
    Arthur Koestler used that term (“The Act of Creation,” 1964) to explain how
    creativity emerges from the merging of the unexpected. Ideas not imagined
    to be PARTNERED to one another are suddenly seen as belonging together.
    That bisocciation is essence of creativity. Nice writing, Fran. Thanks. Bob

  4. Fran, Your thoughtful perspective is always spot on, made more poignant by your joyous wordsmithing. Claudia

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