Sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken.
Same applies to people.


0054bundlesticksHere is an Aesop’s fable:

A certain father had a family of sons who were forever quarreling among themselves. No words he could say did the least good to stop them, so he sat in his chair and rolled ideas around in his head. He knew that he needed a striking example that would make them see that discord would sooner or later lead them to misfortune.

One day the quarreling had been much more violent than usual. Angry, the sons spent most of the day moping around in a surly manner. The father asked one of them to bring him a bundle of sticks. Handing this bundle to each of his sons in turn he asked them to try to break it. Although each one tried his best, none was able to do so.

The father then untied the bundle and gave the sticks to his sons to break one by one. They did so very easily. “My sons,” said the father, “do you not see how certain it is that if you agree with each other and help each other, it will be impossible for your enemies to injure you? But if you are divided among yourselves, you will be no stronger than a single stick in that bundle.” (In unity is strength)

Nice, huh? It’s always good to approach things from a stance of strength…not bully-like, but confidently, surely. Sometimes we are content to wallow in “the problem” instead of living in the solution. None of us has every piece to a puzzle, but if we put all of the pieces together, we might come up with a slam-dunk answer.