Looking forward to our new normal, even as we experience more variants, we continue to redefine some of the rhythms of life and work. I want to talk about a unique rhythm of Collaborative divorce that I believe is a special and essential value to our process.
If I may share…having spent a decade in the restaurant industry, followed by another decade in construction, my friend John Anderson convinced me it was time to dedicate full time and energy to the practice of business valuation and litigation support. John was a gifted mentor to me, a gentle voice with a deep understanding of people, their pain and their problems. He introduced me to the collaborative process around 2004. After several years of litigation support, I became an FP in the collaborative divorce process.
I then sat in hundreds of hours of collaborative meetings, around tables where problems and pain were processed differently than litigation. One day my wife made an unexpected observation that I’ll never forget! She said, “Mike, there’s no doubt, your time with mental health professionals has introduced you to a new language for talking through sensitive things – this has changed you into an even better version of the man I married.”
I’ve continued to find wisdom and help for my own journey, as I’m sure all of us have, through the influence and friendship of these valuable colleagues.
I hope we can find mutually beneficial ways to bring even more mental health professionals into our organization in the years to come. Their voice, their understanding, their approach can make all the difference when the storms of personal and family problems hit their hardest levels.
Carry on! And may you be well, my friends.
Mikey B. da Prez