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Taking the High Road

March 1, 2012

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 (, 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.


From → Mediation

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