Flow of Day 2
Story of Day 2
by Nguyen Thu Trang (Iris)
The second day begins with the quietness of both our inner world and our surroundings. Responding to the invitation of practicing mindfulness together, we spend nearly an hour to clear our minds by writing, to practice gratitude and to connect with each other. “Such a great way to begin a day and prepare to learn”, I think. But later on I realize it is not only an individual practice to be grounded but also a collective practice that can help us as a team to collaborate in tough times.
It is unfolded during the World Cafe we have this morning. We are here to learn, not by being taught but by bringing out the wisdom in each person and in the whole group. That’s why World Cafe is such a beautiful way to start our conversation as people change from one table to the next, bringing the wisdom with them to share in another group and receiving even more wisdom to come. Guiding questions are provided to help us create the ground for sharing stories and collecting ideas.
As the table host in the first round with the question “How do you feel in a collaborative flow?”, I’m happy to share with new people coming to my table about everything we talked about. “We feel trusting and trusted. We feel selfless as we put our shared purpose in the center as our priority instead of thinking about ourselves. We feel open to ask for support and willing to support others.” With that, we move to the next question, “What am I willing to let go for more effective collaboration?”
“What I am willing to let go, not what I think I should let go.” My control. My fear for failures. My fear for communication. My fear for showing up with vulnerability. My perfectionism. And many more. It’s always hard to look at our weaknesses, so we talk, encourage each other to truthfully share our own inner barriers to collaborate, and come up with a commitment for ourselves.
The last round of World Cafe unfolds our dream of a perfect conditions for collaboration to thrive.