Today I sold the furniture.
This evening I wandered through yesterday’s rooms… Yesterday’s rooms: empty of the mementos of mediation; redolent with recollections; full of the detritus of diligence; absent of anticipation.
Today I arranged tomorrow’s rooms.
Tomorrow’s rooms: a mediation milieu contained in a backdrop. I’m online. I started with an illustration by Felicia Sala that is my signature illustration; then a spathyphilum, yes, it’s colloquially known as the peace lily, in a blue pot; next a bird that is of the same hue and linking the arrangement, a white bowl that is generous, together on a filing cabinet that is jarrah. I’m told by participants that my rooms were calming; most recently, it was only yesterday, the real estate agent commented on the quietude. That was before I’d sold the furniture. Halsmith-blue, as it has come to be known by the family, was the connector; subtle, I hope.
I’m aiming for tomorrow’s rooms to be tranquil.
This evening, to accommodate online mode, as well as setting up tomorrow’s rooms, I’ve reviewed my Letter of Engagement and my introductory email; I’ve developed a participant help sheet for Zoom; I’ve commenced an inventory of essential amendments to be made somewhat urgently to my website; I’ve refined my initial separate session checklist to include showing participants around tomorrow’s rooms. And, in what felt a significant step, I removed ‘HDR Rooms’ from my signature block.
The evolution from today’s to tomorrow’s rooms seems somewhat like a time lapse of amoeba to homo erectus.
Years ago I started attending International Mediation Institute meetings through GoToMeeting: incredulous at first then swapping control of the whiteboard as if it were a hot potato.
Next, I taught university mediation units using Adobe Connect, a sophisticated version of Zoom.
Months ago I subscribed to Zoom video conferencing and experimented by Zooming family in the next room and as far away as upstairs! Board meetings of Resolution Institute followed.
Weeks ago I started delivering Professional Development online. Participants tell me it’s working well: ‘lively learning from the warmth of your own home’.
Zoom, like each product, has its idiosyncracies. Intuition has been a reliable guide.
Today I sold the furniture: I’m comforted that it went to a good home.