Climb every mountain.

Ford every stream.

Follow every byway

Till you find your dream.

“Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music

This is probably the sappiest opening I have ever used, but sometimes sappy works!

When I retired from the greatest career I could possibly have, teaching students that are 6th through 9th graders, I started wondering what was next. I am not the type of person who eats bonbons while watching soap operas, so I needed something useful to do that I would enjoy. I started climbing, fording, and following options and possibilities.

I taught English, with some history and drama thrown in at times, focusing on reading, writing, proofreading, and editing. After I retired, the personal reading part started right away; I’m reading more than ever before and loving every minute of it. Even with my personal writing, I needed some more focus, so when the opportunity to write a blog for Collaborative Professionals of Washington presented itself, I jumped in.

Let me clarify – I am not a Collaborative professional, but I am married to one. My husband is a Collaborative Financial Specialist, and the more I learn from him and from attending conferences and meetings as “fluff” (defined as being there and eating while visiting with the professionals), the more excited and impressed I am. The professionals care deeply about the Collaborative process and their clients.

In this weekly blog, I will be talking about conflict, litigation, and Collaboration — actually just about anything that I think applies to people in situations requiring legal action. People are people, and we want everything to work out happily ever after. Unfortunately, there can be problems. Collaborative professionals work with divorce situations, but there are other one-on-one situations requiring settlement, like partnerships in crisis or difficulties between employers and employees.

I will look at Collaboration (and litigation) from many different angles, so I hope you will “climb, ford, and follow” along with me. Believe it or not, this can be fun!

Copyright 2013. Marjorie E. James. All rights reserved.