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Time for a Little Change!

Rev. Lynn Cairns

Spring-cleaning necessitated dusting off my bookshelf and sorting through some publications that I was willing to pass on to other potential readers.  I took a few to an adult class I participate in at church and held them up as offers to other readers.  When I showed one book there was instant recognition and laughter by nearly half of the class.  The title was Who Stole My Cheese?

It was an interesting story transpiring in ‘’mouse kingdom” where one insightful mouse discovers that the community supply of cheese is dwindling at an alarming rate.  Although the alarm is sounded, there is not much response from the majority.  Thus, one little industrious mouse goes off in search of another source and of course finds it.  Then there is a scenario of responses to his invitations for change that you can pretty well predict, based on traditional responses to change.  Some resist vehemently, to their own future peril.  Others see need but are not happy about it, and others recognize the need for immediate response.

I am sure that you too know the story well from your experience in personal relationships, whether in family, work or other communities of which you are a part.  Mediation Services of Adams County (MSAC) has been involved in the Gettysburg community and beyond for many years as a facilitator for persons who find themselves in need of assistance in adjusting to life’s conflicts and changes.

Often we procrastinate, leading to even more difficulty rather than solutions.  Proactive response is a much preferred action.  MSAC is willing to work with whatever structure you represent — personal, family or small business – using our trained mediators.  Lack of response and not utilizing resources can resemble the result described in the old proverb: “For Want of a Nail.”

“For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost.

For want of a message the battle was lost.

For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail”.

If you find that someone is moving your cheese and you are searching for a way to nail down a solution to your conflicts, MSAC can be reached at 717-334-7312.  Call and leave a message for the Intake Coordinator. MSAC will give a call back with more information and schedule an appointment with all parties concerned.  Moderate fees, based on a sliding income scale, are charged at the time of the mediation.  Contact is available online at mediationac@yahoo.com or https://www.mediateadams.org.

Rev. Lynn Cairns is a retired UMC pastor and MSAC board member.