I just reread that previous post, and it's clear that when I wrote it, I'd one more happy pill than was necessary.
I am an optimist; that's part of my charm. But really now.
The meeting was good. Looking over the list of original concerns did make a big difference. And the reminder about having a good attitude and showing professionalism wasn't a bad idea.
But the truth is we were all being very careful, very caring in our selection of topic and words. We stayed safe.
The real tests are ahead, when we are forced to address concerns that inspire passion and conflict. For now, treating each other carefully is a sign that we are willing to build a foundation of trust.