Taking the High Road
I turned down an opportunity to mediate a particular dispute last week.
I cannot say why. (I know why, I just cannot divulge it.)
After 25 years in law practice and seven more years in mediation practice, I have learned, when all else is said and done, to “follow my gut.”
It is not easy to give up work, but I am not willing to give up on my own ethical standards — as I view them — either.
This one just didn’t feel right to me.
So I have “followed my gut,” “taken the high road” and have passed on this opportunity.
I was interested in seeing online what “taking the high road” means to others. It turns out that I had it right:
In Yahoo! Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080224095327AA5iFd2), one person said, “when you ‘take the high road’ it means doing the right thing even if its not popular or easy.”
That just about sums it up.
But I think I am a better practitioner and a better person for it.
And I sleep well.
And another mediation will come along anyway.