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What It Means To Live A Synergistic Life by Mary Olivera

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I am humbled to be considered a woman who lives a synergistic life and appreciative of having the opportunity to share what that means to me. I don’t know that I have ever given it much thought. It is who I am. It is what I do. To me, living a synergistic life means that you choose your flow.

Synergy is defined as the combined power of multiple parts which, when they cooperate or work cohesively together, produce a result that is greater than the individual efforts combined. To me, living synergistically is an organic concept that develops from within. It is an ever-evolving process, not an end state. It is our thoughts, feelings and actions; the multiple parts that make up our whole being working together to create synergy. It is the flow of energy between your body, your heart, your mind and your soul. It is a method of existence. It is an attitude. It is a choice.

Flow is defined as the state of completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of learning and performing.

Choice is defined as the act, opportunity or power of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities. Our choices are guided by our thoughts and feelings and they influence our actions. Therefore, we must choose with strong purpose and positive intention and act consciously. In doing so, we create the flow of our daily life. The flow of our synergistic life.

I believe that everyone has the capacity to live a synergistic life. They have to make that choice.

“I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.”

Mother Teresa


Mary is the Senior Business Development Manager for the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU). In her professional role at PSECU, Mary supports the company’s goals and objectives through the implementation of corporate strategies by providing direction to the Business Development Unit. Mary uses her passion and energy not only as a high performing professional but also as an engaged community volunteer in cultivating our youth and making the community a better place to live, work and play. She is a mentor to our future leaders as well as a role model. She looks beyond our own geography to encourage understanding not only regionally but also globally. She shows her community commitment by volunteering and serving on the board or committees of several organizations, demonstrating that giving back to the community can be easy, enjoyable and beneficial for all parties involved. Mary shares her synergistic life with her husband (Paulo), their children (Sebastian and Sofia) and their two pet beagles, along with family and friends.

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