That is an admirable goal - well done! I seem to have spent a lifetime avoiding such situations, and have never thought of doing the opposite.
I think it started way back in my first year teaching - when we had full staff morning tea what did every staff room do? - sat at same table - didn't mix at all with others. So being "new" I rotated through. But at the other end of my "working" life I feel that now when I don't have a lot of forced interaction (ie I can pretty much choose what to be involved in) I was worried that when differing ideas arose I may not comfortable with how matters were being resolved.
Prue - if you are consciously avoiding those situations then you are aware of them -differing opinions, alternate methods etc. The trouble emerges (I think) when one doesn't realise there IS an alternate. So forcing myself out of comfort zone, doing something unpalatable etc is my way of keeping on my toes.
Great thoughts TT. I remember a friend who used to have an admirable goal of meeting three new people at every orienteering event.
I don't meet three new people but I meet three that I haven't seen in a while:
-Eager to orienteer tRicky
-Lost on course tRicky
-Better luck next time tRicky
I think I met them/him in April!
Hello darkness my old friend
I've come to talk with you again