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Taking a Break and Getting Ready for the New Year

December 30, 2014

I was all set for a busy December with a full calendar and lots to do, then things changed.

One mediation cancelled because the parties settled prior to mediation. That was good for them.

Another postponed because of weather. OK, that made sense.

Yet another postponed because a lawyer received a Notice of Trial for the date of the mediation. Yes, of course.

Others then chose dates in January rather than December.

You get the picture.

Suddenly, ample free time became available to me, particularly in the last two weeks of the month.

So, coincident with the holidays (and with everyone else on vacation it seemed), I took a break.

Actually, it’s been great – sleeping in, reading a book, doing some writing, getting some chores done around the house, taking the car in for service, getting a haircut, going to the movies and out to dinner, entertaining friends and family at home, not checking email so much, doing some deferred computer maintenance, enjoying daily living and not feeling so busy after all.

In other words, I had a good rest from work.

The best part of this time has been sharing these break periods with my wife. It reminds my why we’re together all these years.

Sometimes, we push ourselves to get busy or to keep busy or to conduct business or to promote business.

Sometimes, this adds up to all the time.

And we don’t think about the pace, which can be frantic.

On the other hand, it’s also really good to let go for awhile and just relax.

That’s what I did and what I recommend.

Thus, as January looms, I’m ready again for a new year of challenging mediations and exciting times.

And, from your fully rested, optimistic and happy mediator, friend and colleague, let me wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year… and thus a new year of challenging opportunities and exciting times for you as well.


David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern California. His website is at .


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One Comment
  1. Grace C. Sanchez permalink

    Excellent ! Seems you were documenting my last 2 weeks…Thank you for sharing. Good to finish strong and rested, ready for the next chapter. Happy New Year !

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