I have never had to march in formation.
But when you watch a group marching together, and in synchronization they step together, you can see the beauty of a team of people who walk in perfect lockstep.
In the USA, lockstep marching or simply lockstep is marching in a very close single file in such a way that the leg of each person in the file moves in the same way and at the same time as the corresponding leg of the person immediately in front of him, so that their legs stay very close all the time.
Originally it was used in drilling soldiers.
Each soldier stepped on the point just vacated by the foot of the soldier in front of him.
This keeps the marcher close, and walking in sync with the one before and after, and side to side, from a certain angle it looks like it is a single column or row, when really it is columns and rows deep. With practice, the marchers stay in time with every other surrounding person.
Have you ever felt in sync with someone, or something, so that it felt natural to be linked together in format? The flip side would be that neither you or the others are functioning like a hand in a glove. Fitted. Close. Productive!
My wife and I are often in sync with each other. We know what the other is thinking, and can even speak the same word or sentence in the same breath. There are times when we are out of sync, but it is only natural as we each move at our own pace throughout the day. Sometimes we are ready to eat at the same time, and other times we struggle with picking the right time when our daily activities keep us walking at different paces.
At times we simply agree to disagree about timing!
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? (Amos 3:3 NKJV)
Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren’t going to the same place? (Amos 3:3 MSG)
There are days I am in sync with my dogs. One is a Golden Retriever and he is only interested in being petted and chasing a thrown ball. The other is an English Shepard and her job is to herd. Play chase with her and she will herd you, and nip at your heels to make you obey her commands!
So, we walk, play ball, enjoy the yard time, and then with a single statement, “Let’s eat!” – they head for their pen (a nice size back yard space) and wait for me to feed them. With their gate open, they will just hang out and wait for me to pour them some dinner!
But sometimes a distraction will grab their attention and it’s a pain to get back in sync with them. It becomes hard work to get their attention refocused!
This is so true by example of so many other parts of our life and business. Sometimes, it takes hard work to get back in sync with the world around you! Sometimes it is easy. Regardless, all parties must make an effort, and have a desire, to walk in sync…