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Mediation is like Swimming.

July 16, 2017

It is summer and I do laps in the pool for exercise. While doing so this morning I thought about how much mediation is like swimming.

In both…

Some people only dip in their toes to test the water, some wade in but tentatively at first, and some dive in with purpose.

Some people come alone and many come in groups; everyone brings a cell phone and sometimes a book to read.

Some people are willing to talk to the others at the pool or in the mediation; some are much less communicative and need their own space to get things done.

Some are very confident in the moment and some look as if they need a rescue from time to time.

Some will keep things covered up while others are more willing to show their true selves.

In any event, everyone wants to feel safe and no one wants to get burned.

In both mediation and swimming, people decide when to leave but many stay longer to use their time for their own self-interest and benefit.

In both mediation and swimming, there can be a certain amount of exhaustion but also a sense of satisfaction at the end if one has done what one came to do.

I love swimming and I love mediating. I continue to do both because I know that both ultimately relieve stress and both are good for the heart.


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


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