Many Hands, Light Work

Cynthia Winton-Henry hand-dancing with young girl

Cynthia Winton-Henry hand-dancing with young girl

Nika Quirk, the president of the national InterPlay Board of Directors, stood before us. She said, “I was raised in Pennsylvania Dutch country. I grew up hearing the saying, ‘Many hands make light work.'” Last weekend regional InterPlay leaders and national board members gathered in North Carolina. A powerful intention was materializing: to celebrate the 20th anniversary of InterPlay this fall, we began dreaming of 20 MORE!

We had just tested a new InterPlay Community Development Tool Kit workshop with overwhelmingly positive response. We also heard how InterPlay was transforming our own lives and the lives of others through dozens of organizations in the US and other parts of the world with folks of many cultures and generations. InterPlay’s simple tools are unlocking body wisdom and increasing connections, two vital needs in a time when innovation and cooperation are urgent.

The entire world is connected. The question is, “How can these connections flourish and be as productive, energized, and joyously sustainable as possible?” InterPlay has many ideas.

The phrase “light work” can be taken a couple of ways. Many hands may also make “lightwork.” The InterPlay logo we adopted last year is a hand with a spiral springing from a heart, an ancient universal symbol for humanity’s power to make things, heal, bless, and greet one another. Hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart actions teach us the power of being light-hearted, how to release and alleviate burdens, and provide collective muscles and bones for common dreams.

In impossible times, the wisdom of “many hands make light work” is even more valuable. InterPlay is a dream whose time has come.

We’ll be sharing the dreams of the InterPlay community and how we can collectively give them wings in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. MORE is to come and as always in InterPlay…MORE will be revealed.

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