“If you don’t like what you hear at a meeting,
then say what you need to hear.”

(REFLECTION COURTESY OF PAUL D-GRIN)

At a question and answer meeting I used to attend, I often heard questions and comments from people who either don’t enjoy meetings, or who don’t think that particular meeting gives them what they need. “It’s always the same people saying the same things,” I heard them say.  My sponsor shared this quote and suggested they participate and “say what you need to hear.”

In itself this is great advice, but it addresses a fundamental issue as well – being of service. So many people (myself included) go to meetings to get something from them and to feel better afterwards. And most of the time we do. What we may forget sometimes, though, is that meetings are also a perfect place for us to be of service. Often what we end of taking away from a meeting is in direct proportion to what we contributed to it.

These days, whenever I’m feeling annoyed or disinterested at a meeting, I now know to ask myself what “I’m” doing to add to it. This works so well, that I now do this at work, at home, and even at the market.

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