Report 5: Looking back on the meeting
The members said that it
was a pleasant and meaningful meeting at a very nice place. The section about
spirituality was seen as the best part of it. The section about the strategic
considerations was said to be more difficult. Strategy is always a difficult
point. Playing the film script was a good part of it: it raised insights to
difficult problems. Such a meeting is a place and opportunity for reflection and
exchange of ideas. The one learns from the other.
Another aspect of the
meeting is that every member can freely express his or her feelings. An
important but difficult emotion is anger. It has to be expressed and to be
transformed into meaningful action.
The pauses are an
integral part of such a meeting. One can make friends and refresh and maintain
the contact, express one's feelings and exchange one's experiences and ideas.
Contact is important. The
Internet has made it possible. "My life has been changed since I had such
contacts, since the now famous good old Berrylist and other forums."
Here you meet the person behind the pc, so to say.
Some are glad to have a
pause for reflection and want more time for it. Others prefer action and are
glad to have some concrete working papers, appointments and tasks.
A meeting about which it
is said there wasn't enough time, was a good meeting. Our chair was a bit severe
and precise, but he said this was needed for a meeting with sometime hot and
heavy or lively discussions among people who mostly have quite strong
personalities. It is a pity that several members retired just before the meeting
and that only a few were actually present, but for personal encounter, a small
group is better than a large group.