See the plates were direct and to my face, I can really do something with that. The phone call came as a professional courtesy and in a few days I’ll know more about that. For now, I know someone has feedback about me, they just gave it to someone else to give to me. I am assuming that was the intention, but I don’t know.
The plates I was given really touched me. A professional colleague gave me ‘LOVE’ and expressed how my love for the process of Circle, and being a self-proclaimed Circle Freak, really made things happen. I was given INTEGRITY by a parent, in Circle because of a child’s harmful behavior. The feedback was positive, immediate and it had an impact on me, that reinforced my behavior, attitude and passion for how I do this restorative work.
The phone call, caused me to be defensive. I was hurt to get the call, and realized the messenger was not the issue. I took a deep breath, sighed and offered there is more to the story. The caller and I did not have time to get into the issue. I was impacted by the call, I was hurt to know someone had tried to launch a complaint, or concern without me. I started to mull over what the content of the concern might be. I know I’m not perfect, and the process is not.