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Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine: Story-sharing and Discussion Group 

As part of an on-going effort to provide a place for veterinarians to get together and search for meaning in their careers, or maybe just affirm and validate their choice of profession, there will be a gathering on Friday, March, 25 2016 at 7 pm at Forza Coffee Company in Lacey, WA. Please RSVP via email to vanessalrizzo@gmail.com or call 253-983-1114 for directions).   All veterinarians are invited. 

The "admission ticket" to the meeting is a story from your personal or professional lives, or a story or piece from the world literature, or a poem or work of art or music, or an exercise focusing on the topic of Commitment/Calling. Please bring something to share related to the evening's topic. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. 

"Each Finding Meaning in Medicine meeting is organized as a conversation and a discovery process. The stories people bring will often surprise both teller and listeners with their depth and relevance, inspiring everyone to further explore the meaning of the topic through sharing their experiences." 

There are some basic ground rule for attendance: 

- No interruptions  

- Listen generously.  I.E Listen without deciding whether you agree or disagree with what is being said, or whether you like or dislike what is being said. It means listening without comparing the speaker to yourself: Is he or she is more or less highly trained, smarter, more or less competent than I am? It means listening without trying to fix the person speaking or offer advice. Listen without trying to understand why the speaker feels the way that he or she does. ‘Generous listening’ is listening simply to know what is true for another person at the time that they are speaking. It is the kind of listening that creates a profound interactional safety or ‘harmlessness’ that allow for the possibility of healing and the natural transformation of ideas.

 - Allow for differences ◦ No need to agree or disagree with what is being said, but simply to listen as an opportunity to hear what is true for someone else.

-  Share from personal experience 

- Own what you are sharing ◦ Use ‘I’ and not ‘one’ or ‘people often’ 

- Give advice only when directly asked for it

 - Allow silence when it occurs naturally We look forward to sharing the evening with you.

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