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When Life’s Routines are Interrupted.

October 7, 2014

The water was turned off for more than 24 hours where we live due to a significant plumbing problem. For us at home this meant: no real cooking, no dishwasher, no washing machine, no showers, no flushing. Ugh.

The experience made us really appreciate a ready, reliable water supply, something we don’t usually have to think about.

It also made us aware of the difficulty and upset that comes with having life’s ordinary routines interrupted.

We did OK; it was like an earthquake drill at home.

Finally, a great relief washed over us [pun intended] when the water came back on.

I imagine that the relief we felt is not unlike that which comes from the mediated resolution of a dispute.

Although the experiences of no water and a seemingly unending dispute are different, they still share similar effects on people, such as stress, worry, financial drain, lack of concentration and so forth.

In either event, it is extremely wearing on one’s good nature and exceedingly disruptive of one’s personal, family and/or business life during the ordeal.

Fortunately, the relief that comes when it’s over is real.

It was for us.

I think this argues well for mediation where, as with the plumbing problem, the relief from resolution can be palpable.


David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern California. For more information about him, please go to .


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