Receiving the Nobel Prize today,Al Gore said, "If you want to go quickly go alone. If you want to go far go together." He mentioned that this is an African Proverb.
This wonderful quote is a great Recipe for Happiness. As a Positive Psychologist I know how important it is to be connected to others and not to isolate. On the other hand, sometimes we need to move quickly on something and we should go alone. In fact, if we wait for others, the moment may pass. The result can be terrible if we had a certain window of opportunity and blew it. Yet, if we really want to make significant changes in the world we live in and/or want to bring happiness and delight into daily living than we must join up with others. No one can do a complicated task or create a harmonious environment alone. As they say, "It takes two to tango" and "It takes a whole village to raise a child."
Any complete Recipe for Happiness takes the courage to move quickly alone when necessary and the wisdom to share our important tasks and pleasures in life with others.
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, www.enchantedself.com