On February 24, 2009, I participated in a mediation of a case on behalf of my clients, Everett and Virginia Heard, against Electrolux Home Products. During the seven or more hours that Everett and I spent together (Mrs. Heard was at home sick), I learned a great deal about his past careers and adventures.
Fortunately/unfortunately, depending on how you approach the issue, there can be some down time in a mediation, a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Everett and I took that opportunity to talk about women, love, life, the pursuit of happiness, my recent break up, Hong Kong, and Hawaii. I decided to try and memorialize some our bigger discussions in a question and answer format.
What did you find to be the most interesting point with the mediation process?
Everett Heard*: Patience. I would have given them a price of take it or leave it and I am out of here. So patience.
What have you found to be the must frustrating?
For me, all the stuff that they (Defendant’s attorneys) said was true but it wasn’t my fault. I had just forgotten some of the details. (Considering the incident occurred so long after the deposition was taken).
What would you tell someone that was about to start this process?
If I came to you with this problem. I would have had to have my facts better. I didn’t have the facts there and that is what killed our case. Make sure what you say is what is on record. (Or can be documented).
With life in general, what is something you would like to pass on to others?
Live your life. Bible says that, “You are not guaranteed another day.” (James 4 v 13-15 & Psalm 90) Live your life as if each day was your last. If you want to go somewhere, go. You want to love someone, love them. If you want a new car, buy the thing. Worry about the payments as they come. Wait on love, it will come to you. You don’t have to go to it. Wait to have children when you are both ready and ensure that love is there.
Always show affection to the woman you love, even if it is just a telephone call. You can never tell someone you love them too many times. A bouquet of flowers, box of candy.
I would give the world to be you. Successful. Handsome dude. With your whole life ahead of you. (I’m just writing down what he said).
*Mr. Everett Heard currently resides with his wife, Virginia, in Georgia. Mr. Heard has served his country in the Navy, worked as a salesman in varying service related industries, has driven tractor trailers, and been tested and tried with a lot of what 60+ years of life can throw at someone, including but not limited to the death of his first wife in a motor vehicle accident & the recent death of his daughter. Please keep the Heard family in your prayers.