In a professional environment, one of the ways that we learn to work in relationship together is through meetings. Meetings are a chance to express how we feel on a subject and to listen to the viewpoints of others. In meetings, some people come quite prepared. They have done the readings, they are prepared to speak on what excites them about a proposal and what concerns them. Others come to meetings only because they have to come. Some come not prepared. Some will talk much, whether they know something or not. Some rarely speak, but when they do, they speak words of great wisdom. Some never say anything, and just vote when they are called to do so. Some are part of meetings because they have been with the organisation since time began whether they contributions our worthwhile or not. I find that meetings that are run well, ensure that everyone has a chance to speak, and in the end everyone can own the decision even if they don't fully agree with it. Meetings that are not run well, leave some people unheard and unvalued. Meetings that are run well don't necessarily please everybody, but at least they can feel that they have made a valuable contribution to the process.
Maybe modern day politicians could learn something if they heard the story about George and tried to have positive meetings. In many of our global democracies, if a government has a majority in the parliament, they seem to feel they have carte blanche authority to ram through legislation. They don't listen to the others because they have the parliamentary numbers to squash the opposition. But when they lose their majority, governments find that they have to work with others to govern. In Canada, the Liberal government still must work with a Conservative senate. In the US, Trump must now work with an opposition held House of Representatives. In the UK Teresa May must try to work with opposition parties to pass legislation. In Australia, the Coalition must find support from the Cross Bench or face loss of confidence. May they realise that like George, that they need to compromise. May they realise that like people in a relationship, that they need to practise some give and take. May they realise that like a meeting, it takes everyone working together to make the best solutions. Blessings.