Spiritual fatigue can afflict seasoned mediators and judges who have hosted many settlement conferences.' It can sap the energy we need to do our work well. It can reduce our patience, shorten our anger fuses, and impair our ability to listen to and to connect with the people we are trying to help. Worse, it can lead us into procedural or ethical temptation-inviting us to cut comers and compromise values we hold dear. If it persists too long, it can drive us away from this field. Thus, for those of us who experience it, spiritual fatigue can pose a serious threat.
Wayne D. Brazil,
Thoughts about Spiritual Fatigue: Sustaining Our Energy by Staying Centered,
2008 J. Disp. Resol.
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