I have been a member of a Men’s Team (Team Samurai) for over 22 years. It started with us all taking a seminar called “The Men’s Weekend” from The Sterling Institute of Relationship. This was a good thing for me to do at the time as I had never really considered what it means to be a man and what is the value of my relationship with other men. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that the seminar put forward, but it made me think of what my own answers were to questions I had never asked myself. At the end of the seminar they took men who lived in proximity to each other and suggested we get together and form a men’s group to support each other. I went to the first group meeting and found myself mixed in with guys I never would have hung with otherwise. I’m a computer guy and the others were general contractors, lawyers, chefs, truck drivers, psychologists, inventors. In supporting each other and being supported I found that I had a lot more in common with these guys than I ever expected. We picked a name, Team Samurai.
This began 22 years of meeting every week to support each other, our families and our community. We have done many projects for our community, renovating schools, working for charitable organizations, putting on fundraising events, and generally helping people in need. One most notable event that we created ourselves is called “Senior Wish Day” where we provide services to low income seniors for a day and do various small tasks, fixing small plumbing issues, cleaning and organizing, fixing computer problems, gardening and other miscellaneous work. Sometimes the most important service we provide is just listening. All the things we have done have helped our community and enriched our lives.
We have also done some great things for ourselves. Every year we go skiing and camping together. We regularly host couple and family events. Also we have gone on some larger trips, one to Hawaii and one adventure trip to Belize, very fun stuff.
Part of what I have done for the team is create the Team Samurai website. What you can’t see (unless you are a team member) is that I have a team calendar, address book, picture gallery set up for the team. There are some great php web applications out there and it’s been fun setting it all up. Recently I decided to include a blogging section based on WordPress and offer it to any of the men who might want to have a blog.
For my blog, I’m going to talk about my experience of being on a men’s team. I won’t be sharing any details of our meetings because a major element of our meetings is maintaining confidentiality. However, I will share the value that I have gained from having support from other men in my life.
So it begins.