The Spanish word “compañero” literally translates “companion” – but the work is far richer and deeper when spoken in México. Beyond communicating with my compañero – and we are committed to open, honest, empathetic deep speaking and listening -- we know ourselves as in communion. There is an interweaving between and among us. We are there for each other. We respect, appreciate and affirm each other. We share common values, are inspired by common goals, and committed to a shared journey. When there is inevitable conflict, we chose to face it forthrightly, walk through it together, welcoming resolution and/or embracing differences. We feel safer, more secure and trusting in community. We constantly find that we are wiser and more creative, animated and inspired, affirmed and encouraged, even healed when community is deepened and celebrated.