|Re: Personal Announcements at Community Meetings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 10:37:59 -0600|
A lot of the "safety" issue is taken care of by having choice in what people share. Sharing can also be guided into safe territory: "What is some good news you heard lately?" "What is something you are looking forward to?" "In three or four words, how are you feeling today?" "Who helped you, or who did you help, recently?" "What is something you are thankful for?" Most of what people feel awkward about sometimes is in the realm of bad news, struggles, challenges, relationship struggles, etc. If the topic leads to more positive subjects, it may reveal that someone is in a heavy situation, but without dwelling on it, and those who want to know more can talk to the individual later. Over time, the group knows each other better and has a better sense of what people are comfortable with. Our group is so established that we can handle almost anything. At one meeting a woman shared that as we sat there she had just learned that her emotionally unstable grown child was missing, with some evidence that she might be dead, and that the police were searching for her.... We willingly dropped everything in the middle of a business meeting and gave her our full loving attention and support. There wasn't the slightest sense that we should do anything else. (Child was found, alive.) An ice-breaker we used at a retreat once was fun, and is especially interesting with a group that does not know each other very well. It also allows for the person to share deeply, or superficially, or in between. "Tell us three things about yourself, only two of which are true. The group will then try to guess which one isn't true." The guarded folks could say "I like gardening." and someone else could share some wild adventure they had had, like hiding all night in the gardens of the Taj Mahal. Hippies confessed to having been cheerleaders, and social justice activists revealed they had campaigned for Nixon. It was fun, safe, and we did get to know more about each other. Obviously this takes a bunch of time, so wouldn't be at a business meeting.
Personal Announcements at Community Meetings Kim Clark, March 24 1999
- Re: Personal Announcements at Community Meetings DHCano, March 25 1999
- Re: Personal Announcements at Community Meetings Bitner/Stevenson, March 25 1999
- Re: Personal Announcements at Community Meetings Denise Meier, March 25 1999
- Re: Personal Announcements at Community Meetings Lynn Nadeau, March 28 1999
- Re: Personal Announcements at Community Meetings Fred H. Olson, March 29 1999
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