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Decisions and revisions, and applause.

February 3, 2012

Like many, I have been watching the news and hearing and reading the responses to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s recent decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Now it appears the Foundation has reversed its decision and WILL continue funding Planned Parenthood through grants.  See, http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/02/03/146344671/komen-foundation-now-says-it-will-continue-grants-to-planned-parenthood?ft=1&f=1001

I am so pleased to see this revision.  It is an example to share with the world.

Also, according to the cited blog post from NPR, above, “In the statement from CEO Nancy Brinker, Komen also says ‘we want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.’”

I am also so pleased as well to see this apology.

Both the reversal and the apology show the human spirit at its best.  And this is an example for those mired in conflict in mediation.

“It IS possible to change direction, or to change your mind,” I sometimes say in mediation. “You don’t need to continue to box yourself in on your present course, which may prove destructive.”

Although difficult to do, for fear of “losing face” among other things, sometimes, as with Komen, people WILL change their minds.

In so doing, they find something better for themselves, and each other, in lieu of the conflict in which they are engaged.

It is not a sign of weakness.  To me it is a sign of strength.

And I applaud the character and wisdom of a person (or company) that, on reflection, can choose another (better) course.

There is time [and there is a place] for decisions and revisions.

Sometimes, it’s in mediation.

Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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