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Will you 'graduate' from the school of divorce mediation in 2014?

Graduation season is upon us. All over the nation, preschoolers, kindergarteners, high school students, college students and grad students are preparing to accept their diplomas. Graduation marks a significant transition from one life phase to the next. So does divorce. Although your shift from married life to single life may not include a celebratory ceremony attended by wise speakers, there is much wisdom to take from this transitional experience.

If you opted to mediate your divorce, it was likely somewhat amicable. However, amicable divorces can be just as painful as contentious divorces. As a result, you may be in need of a little reassurance right now. Thankfully, there are many positive lessons you can take with you as you graduate from the experience of mediating your divorce.

First, understand that you are strong. It takes a strong individual to negotiate the terms of a divorce settlement. You have likely had to compromise, exercise compassion and fight to keep your cool during the mediation process. As you move forward into the next phase of your life, understand that your experience has proven that you have strength within you.

Second, if you have mediated your divorce, you have likely taken time to look at the big picture. Rather than dig your heels in and litigate potentially trivial matters, you have almost certainly examined what is important to you and what you need to stand on your own. Take this perspective with you. Life is yours to own and you have already proven that you are willing to embrace that challenging and hopeful fact.

Source: The Huffington Post, “A Special Message to the 2014 Graduates of the School of Divorce,” Christina Pesoli, May 6, 2014

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