Mediation conferences inspire me. And so did Andy Rooney.
I like to go to mediation conferences. I went to one yesterday. It was hosted by SCMA. That’s the Southern California Mediation Association.
I go to SCMA’s conferences every year. I am a member of SCMA and support its work. I go for many reasons.
For one, it’s important to continue to learn about mediation. The courses there are great.
For another, I get continuing education units for attending. But I don’t really need them. I get so many every year.
For certain, I go for the inspiration. Every time, I am fulfilled. I am re-energized and ready to take on the world.
I shmooze with other mediators I know and those I get to know. Some are more experienced than I am. Some are new to the field. I do not see them as my competitors. They are my colleagues and my friends.
All of them have the same vision as I do for a better world.
It’s refreshing to hear and share their optimism, hope, and passion for the process of peacemaking. I wish more people would go for that experience.
I also wish more mediators would go than attended this year. Maybe it was the timing of the conference. Maybe it’s a reflection of our trying economic times. If the latter, I hope things will improve soon although I fear that they won’t.
Regardless, I go for the inspiration, for the new ideas, for the opportunity to look within myself for that tranquility I seek for others, and for the courage to take risks to help them get there.
I love what I do. And I love to write about it. And I miss Andy Rooney, may he rest in peace, to whom this essay is dedicated. He inspired me to write this way today. He liked short sentences.