My mediator friend recently had a birthday. As it happens, his birthday is a really big deal to him. I don’t mean just on the five or ten year markers but every year. If you happened to come up with a really clever idea one year, it is expected that you will be even cleverer the following year. I have always been able to come up with great gifts for my mom, my sister, and my girlfriends. After all, you can always default to buying two of something you like and “voila” a girlfriend gift appears. But the men in my life bring a different struggle….
Ties are out of the question. Gift cards are an insult. A fabulous piece of art was inspired but is now so last year. We drive and get lost a lot so a navigation system would be good if he didn’t already have two. What to do? How about a CD to listen to while, despite the multiple navigation systems, we are facing the sign for the Santa Monica Airport despite trying to get to LAX or heading out of the wrong traffic circle exit yet again in DC. But not just any CD will do. It will have to be personal. A store bought CD will not do. After many hours of searching for relevant songs I came up with the perfect 2011 gift. It may also do for other hard-to-buy-for mediators or you may find comfort in it if, you too, spend a lot of time on the road. It roughly tracks what might happen in a mediation from positions taken, to sharing perspectives, to pressure points to settle and movement and finally, to understanding and resolution. There are several great artists represented and lots of emotion weaved throughout in what I think is a pleasing manner to the ear. Let me know if you think of other songs that fit into the theme and compilation. Christmas is right around the corner….
Any other suggestions?