Marjorie JamesWhile we were in Israel, an event dubbed “somewhat surreal” happened. For the first time, Formula 1 racing came to Jerusalem. The “Peace Road Show” is not a true race, but the noise and speed were there as the world’s fastest cars roared through the Old City.

The amazing thing according to Daniel K. Eisenbud, writing for The Jerusalem Post on June 13, the day after the event, was that the Peace Road Show was, indeed, a force for peace. In fact, the title of his article was “Formula 1 ‘Peace Road Show’ Lives Up to Name.”

People of diverse religions and lifestyles stood side-by-side to watch and listen to the sound of powerful engines. One Orthodox Jewish spectator was quoted as saying, “All we have all the time is fighting, fighting, fighting, but everyone is here together and happy – Muslims, Christians, and Jews.”

An Arab from east Jerusalem said she and her neighbors were excited to be there, even though there were many Jewish attendees. “You see, I am Muslim and they are Jewish, and we are together. We need to be together like this all the time and have no more fighting… Enough war.”

If an event like this can occur in Jerusalem and bring a sense of peace, if only for a few hours, is it possible that something like this can occur in an attorney’s office during divorce negotiations? When both parties are focused on bringing about the best outcome possible for all involved, marvelous things can happen. I heard one Collaborative family professional say that many times the parties involved are amazed at how peaceful sessions with the attorneys can be when the focus is on working together.

One woman, who came to the Peace Road Show just because her husband wanted them to be there, said that she was excited about being able to “participate in an event that shows Jerusalem is a city of peace and positive life experiences.” Collaborative law professionals can also provide a “city” of positive life experiences as they work with two people who may have been “fighting, fighting, and fighting” but are willing to put that aside long enough to work together toward a common goal.

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

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