An Alliance of Hope
These are the [translated] words of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, standing with President Obama at Pearl Harbor yesterday:
“Ours is an ‘alliance of hope’ that will lead us to the future.
“What has bonded us together is the power of reconciliation, made possible through the spirit of tolerance.”
These are powerful words, magnificent and magnanimous.
As a mediator, I see a lesson here for any one still harboring ill will, for something that someone did or failed to do that led to conflict, whether in a mediation session or in life.
Although there was no formal apology, these are words of heartfelt forgiveness for the past and hope for the future.
In his speech, Prime Minister Abe also said:
Japan and the United States, which have eradicated hatred and cultivated friendship and trust on the basis of common values, are now, and especially now, taking responsibility for appealing to the world about the importance of tolerance and the power of reconciliation.
That is precisely why the Japan-U.S. alliance is “an alliance of hope.”
Let there be an alliance of hope in the New Year for each of us, professionally and personally, as we take responsibility for our thoughts and actions and as we go forward to wrestle with and conquer the conflicts that keep people apart.
David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern California. His website is http://karpmediation.com .