Keep lines of communication open — Mediation cuts through the tangles.
This photo shows a communications hub in a nuclear physics lab at CalTech, where exotic experimental gear depends on solid connections, well mapped out and carefully maintained. It may look like a tangle, but actually, it gets the job done.
There may be a lesson here for the rest of us — when communication seems to get all tangled up in discord and bickering, mediation can help. Your mediator can help you to re-establish connections based on careful listening and attention in the moment.
Do you remember this?
Before you speak, THINK:
T = Is it true?
H = Is it helpful?
I = Is it inspiring?
N = Is it necessary?
K = Is it kind?
When something has gone unsaid for too long, THINK about it. Is it really too late to communicate necessary information in a way that is kind, helpful, true, even inspiring?