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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 (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.

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