Chris Corrigan has been the biggest single influence on my work as a facilatator. One of his many gifts has been his championing of facilitation as a practice which he explores further in this post. Here’s a snippet
It seems an important feature of any practice that one recognize that the reason for practicing is to meet challenge, difficulty and frustration. In that sense any practice becomes a dojo a place of training… Many of the places I work are difficult places, and I can see now that what makes me a practitioner is that I willingly choose those places because they are hard. That is where I practice, and the practice is learning to use the social spaces between us as people to make good happen in the world.
Practice is not a retreat from the world, it is confronting your sharpest edge.
I think it’s important to experience days when the work is difficult, where things are not smooth or comfortable. Smooth surfaces can be nice to touch, but they don’t give us grip.