I knew I wanted to be Second Saturday leader the moment I heard about the local workshop. Only a month or two prior to learning of it, I’ve approached fellow mediators to put together a similar workshop. The proposed workshop aimed to educate attendees about the mediation option for them to reach a workable, fair and empowering agreement, all the while avoiding divorce court and excessive cost.
As someone who has personal experience growing up with one parent while my brother and sister with the other, I have a profound appreciation for the fallout everyone involved has to endure. Instead of being angry or resentful, I developed an admiration for those who choose divorce over the toxicity of a broken marriage.
Although divorce is probably the correct option whenever people reach it, it’s never easy. The emotional toll divorcing couples bear can be lessened by taking control of the process. Second Saturday Divorce Workshop is one practical, efficient and effective educational tool that can make the process more tolerable and the outcome much more hopeful.
Between the pillars of my marriage lives our nine-month-old English Bulldog, Nala. To say that she consumes all of that space in between, would be an understatement. Neither my B.S. in Decision Science nor my master’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution have prepared me for Nala. My new five-year plan includes becoming a dog trainer on her account.
Perhaps my favorite poet, Kahlil Gibran’s poem on marriage belongs to a different era when marriage was defined in the dictionary under the letter “E” for Evermore:
From: On Marriage by Kahlil Gibran