365 Challenge: Day 146 – Synergy

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Synergy: the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects


Synergy has always felt like one of those buzz words from the early 2000s to me. Corporations attached themselves like vultures to the last remaining object of prey holding on with a determined grasp, pushing employees and customers to find the synergy between everything and anything. I lived through the tail end of it. It wasn’t a pretty sight. Not because it felt like a fake marketing attempt to design a better-sounding relationship than what had actually existed, but because so much effort had been put into something that is way more more simple and only ever required opening one’s eyes to the world around them.

Synergies have always existed. Whether it’s the bond you feel with a friend while watching your favorite television shows, the connection between an author and their editor or a beta reader when falling in love with a plot and character, or fans of a sports team rooting for a big win in unison. They don’t need to be crafted, designed, altered or constructed. Synergies should evolve naturally in order to have the most intrinsic and valuable effect possible. If it takes work, I worry a little about the authenticity of what’s being developed, which is never a good thing to question.

When I first began blogging, I wondered what type of content would feel most natural to me and anyone who perused my words. The answer was simple: book reviews. As I evolved, I pondered my voice and perspective. I’m certainly not very formal. While my grammar and word selection is certainly not poor, I make little effort to ensure I consistently follow all the rules of the Chicago style or whatever the latest trend is at the time. I write like I speak. There are pauses, breaks and silence. I use big words and simple words. I re-appropriate meanings to serve my intended purpose. I poke fun at myself. I am just being who I am in real life with a little more ‘oomph,’ given I feel more comfortable behind the computer or camera screen rather than in front of it. I’m less concerned with how I might look or sound to someone, allowing the words, passion and imagination do the work. And in the end, I feel like that’s what has created a synergy between me and… well… all of you.

Some days I connect over the 365 Challenge. Others it’s the books we’re reading. And at times it’s any of the novels I have written or am writing. I’m building a synergy with people around the world, enjoying and loving every moment of it. This pushed me to think about how synergy actually plays out in the world beyond our blogging platforms. For instance, in our friendships and family. What kind of synergy do we share? Does it evolve as we evolve? Is it part of the momentum when things are prosperous versus when things are downtrodden. How about with our colleagues, supervisors and staff? Do we feel that strong and innate connection when working together, or is it actually what the word “work” means? EFFORT.

When I picture the world I want to be surrounded by, it needs to be full of synergy. Full of people who share things in common with me. I don’t want to spend more time working on the effort than actually living. It’s a subtle difference for me. I’ve had many synergistic experiences in the past in several of my jobs and professional relationships, but many of them felt forced. Almost as if I had to be someone else in order to be successful at the whole game, for lack of a better word. But in the last six months, probably most of 2017, I haven’t had to search for this infamous synergy society tells us is so important. I innately feel it everyday when I have conversations about blogging, writing, reading, publishing, editing, marketing, networking, inspiring, challenging, thinking and organizing. I have this synergy with all of you, and for once, it’s natural.

Yes, there are days where I stress over how much I’ve taken on, but it never makes me upset. I channel it into more drive and focus, which ultimately energizes me each day to continue these efforts. To find my success. To build my future world. And when I stepped away to think about it this morning, I realized there are different ways to interpret synergy between things. Synergy between people. Synergy between experiences. Synergy between our different worlds. Synergy within ourselves. I will not pretend to know why this world of ours was created, and there are days where I certainly don’t follow my own advice, but the word synergy seems to be quite emblematic of what I think I should incorporate in every aspect of my life and my day. Life is not about just breathing and moving around for the sake of breathing and moving around.

It’s finding your connections and happiness in all that you do. I want my decisions to mean something. I want my relationships to have strength. I want my voice to have impact. And I want to know I’m living every moment in the most ideal way that will lead to success. But at the very core, I want this synergy to be natural, which means I have to be me and do what makes me feel good. I’m grateful to have realized it and to have the goals within striking distance, if not already a major component of my day.

Today’s post doesn’t have my normal addition of wit/humor/sarcasm. It’s just a few thoughts about how to find some focus in your life to ensure you’re on the path you want to be on. What’s your synergy? How do you locate it? How’s that exploration going for you?

P.S. Thanks to the faeries from R for motivating me today!



  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is N.N. Light @ Princess of the Light. I chat more often with Mrs. N (at least I believe so!) who has been very gracious and kind in the several months we’ve been acquainted. We first connected on Goodreads where we shared a few books in common, but then found each other’s WordPress blogs. Not only is she an avid reader, but she and her husband have a business where they conduct author promotions and book reviews, among many other things. They’ve a very inviting design to their site with tons of promotional opportunities and inspirational advice. But beyond those great things, they are also published authors with a beautiful story, who’ve taken some time from their schedule to give me a little advice from time to time about the publishing industry. Genuine is the word that comes to mind when I think of these bloggers, which is why I wanted others to know of them, too.  Check out their books and the site to learn more. If you don’t believe me, below is a snippet from their very detailed About Me section:
    • “N. N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller. We wrote Princess of the Light in response to a life-changing encounter with a homeless man in our neighborhood. Princess of the Light is an inspiring Paranormal Romance and you can find out more information by clicking on My Books in the header at the top of the page.”


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work as a writer. My first novel, Watching a Glass shatter, is currently in reviews with literary agents and publishers. My second novel, Father Figure, is being written with a target to send to the publisher in December, 2017. But I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


30 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 146 – Synergy

    Roda said:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Beautiful post!

    Liked by 1 person

    Patrick Dykie said:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    That was a thoughtful, and well written piece. I haven’t thought much of synergy, but it makes sense. I’m beginning to form connections with some of my readers, and it feels good. I agree that natural synergy has to be better than forced. You’re explanation of your writing style sounded a lot like mine. I also write like I speak, and I also, often make fun of myself. Thank you for a great, lazy Saturday morning post.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 5, 2017 at 8:44 AM

      I appreciate it. It was a struggle this morning to flush this post out, mostly because I felt a little all over the place. But it was what had been hopping around in my mind.

      Yes, reading your posts just now with more focus, I agree: a welcoming casual and conversational tone in them.


    twogalsandabook said:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Great post Jay! I think the different synergies in our lives is constantly changing, contracting, expanding, turning, growing just like we do, like everything else. I don’t think it is ever stagnant.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 5, 2017 at 8:52 AM

      It’s all about growing and not staying stagnant. Such a great point. Thank YOU!

      Liked by 1 person

        twogalsandabook said:
        August 5, 2017 at 9:20 AM

        : )

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    declutteringmylifeweb said:
    August 5, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    It is really inspiring to interact with people located in US /China /India/Africa at the same time. Interesting how the different continents react to a particular subject. However, this assertion could be more reliable from a blogger with wider coverage than me, but it have had some experiences here.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 5, 2017 at 9:31 AM

      So true. I agree with you. I think I chat with at least 30 or so folks from different countries. It’s eye opening.

      Liked by 1 person

    N. N. Light said:
    August 5, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    We’re so honored to be your recommended blogger, Jay! It was an unexpected surprise and we thank you for your comments. 🙂

    Beautiful, intriguing post about synergy. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    scr4pl80 said:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Yay to synergy! “Life is not about just breathing and moving around for the sake of breathing and moving around.” Love that. I find a lot of synergy in the crafting community as well. Nice post!

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    August 5, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Brilliant as always. You have passion. Your passion comes through loud and clear no matter what you are doing. People feed off your energy. This is a good and positive thing! It’s a rare gift. Use it well.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    August 5, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    I can’t do more here but echo what you’ve written. I very much feel like you do about the past and present with the synergies in my life. This really is a beautifully written post. 💜

    Liked by 2 people

    Janice Wald said:
    August 5, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Synergy: I like it! I write about blogging collaboration. Two parties stronger together. I will use your word going forward. Thank you.
    I know Cyndi Knoke.

    I met you on Chris’s site. You liked my Facebook Live Video post and I came to introduce myself and thank you. That was kind of Chris to feature it. Thank you again.

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    TheReadersBay said:
    August 6, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    I usually don’t like long posts but when reading your posts, they don’t even seem long! They are so genuine and relatable, I honesty feel like these are my struggles or feelings. I really appreciate your style. On a second note, can we take part in this 365 day challenge too?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 6, 2017 at 9:21 AM

      I try to keep them to about 500 words or less, but I’m not always successful. And sometimes even that is too long. I appreciate you making such a generous comment! Thank you.

      Hopefully there’s a synergy in helping you, too! Absolutely, how would you participate?


    shalini said:
    August 7, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Gawd Jay instead of synergies I am feeling as if few emotional parasites are sucking me dry. I am hoping momentum of jo does her magic on me today. Waiting for her to be up and kicking

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 7, 2017 at 8:10 AM

      Oh no! What’s going on? Who’s taking all your energy away?


    Esther said:
    August 10, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    While it doesn’t have the addition of your humor (just the right informal tone), I enjoyed reading it. Just yesterday, a girl around me mentioned the word synergy, and I found myself pondering over that word.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 10, 2017 at 11:43 AM

      aww, thank you for the compliment. Synergy is a very peculiar word… seems to come across at the appropriate times, yet means something different each one

      Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    August 13, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    I can f-e-e-l the synergy between us and between you and the other commenters. Powerful, positive energy

    Liked by 1 person

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