Tonight Dominic and I went to the town board meeting. One of the requirements for his next advancement in Scouts was to attend and then write about an issue discussed there. The last time I’d been to an actual meeting was many years ago when we needed a variance for our garage and I was kind of excited to go.
Throughout the meeting many topics were covered by many people. As I listened intently there were many little nuggets of knowledge I was able to soak in. After a while I busted out my phone and started taking notes on what I was learning.
On the drive home I shared with Dominic one of my favorite thought exercises. Spending time in a group of people I don’t know well and observing their conversations about something I have very limited knowledge of is incredibly stimulating. With not having a pony in the race I’m able to sit back and observe the interactions and decision making processes. I don’t do it from a point of judgement of an individual, rather to put myself in their shoes and learn through their experience. I do my best to put myself into their mindset while simultaneously observing how their thoughts and ideas are portrayed and then received by others.
In practicing this exercise I’m able to find flaws in my own thinking and behaviors. It helps me have a story to put to a change I need to make to improve. For clarity – I’m learning both what is done well and what I think could’ve been done better.
By the time the meeting was done I had a list of several such lessons to remember and think on. I’m thankful for taking the time to attend the board meeting from Dominic, it was a great learning experience for me!