Please arrive early if you can! As you can see, we may be a pretty large group on our first Monday night–it would be help a lot if we can claim enough space to allow us to be seated in small groups. Then we can shuffle the groups in the middle of our time. Ordering food will be easiest before we start.
About half of you are first-timers, presumably many of whom are not available Tuesday nights. I look forward to meeting you, plus I'm grateful to have some experienced members to get us on a good track. You'll love the opening Top 10 List, I guarantee it. For my part, I plan to focus more on logistics, observation, and flow than usual. The theme is Work, isn't it?
We are paid by those who learn by our mistakes.
–Tears for Fears, "The Working Hour"
Hope you had a happy Labor Day! Now we return to the office or to school, with Indian summer rubbing in our faces the fact that humans work more than any other species. On the other hand, perhaps a majority people say they would lack a sense of purpose without "work," however defined.
Befitting the theme, note that we are trying out a MONDAY meeting this time. We are NOT abandoning Tuesdays, just trying to make the meetings available to more people. If we get distinct sets of people, I will increase the frequency to compensate.
Work is not an objective concept, because I might think something is work when you say it is not. We might not even agree on what "work" feels like. But agreement is not necessary: merely sharing our notions of work will start to clarify for ourselves what we want from our work.
As always, the best thing to share is a story that people can relate to. It might involve finding, creating, leaving, or losing a job. Or it might be more subtle than that: how did you know when you found your "mission" in life? How do you evaluate work opportunities? How do intimates deal with disparate beliefs about work? Does it matter who you are working for?
After all who want to have shared a story, then the real "work" begins. We will search for one (or more) "philosophical" issues to focus on. It is not as easy as telling stories, but believe me, it is worth the effort to extract a crisp question for group consideration. If we can actually answer that question, well, that's gold. Look at the "Your Last Word..." threads in the Discussions sections for examples from other themes.
The RSVP question is not a brain-buster–it just helps me prepare, and cuts down on no-shows. We start no later than 7:30, so give yourself time to get refreshments and meet people. We'll do some group warm-up exercises to get us in a cooperative, creative frame of mind. Yeah, I think that'll work.