Why Not You?

I could be angry,

and some days I am.

Then, I see the young woman

at the bus stop

smoking a cigarette

and checking her smartphone

from a wheelchair.

I could be lazy,

and occasionally I am.

I want someone else to do the heavy lifting.

That’s why they get paid more or got elected.

I’m busy watching TV

or reading Facebook posts.

It’s not my problem.

It’s overwhelming.

I’m tired and stressed out.

I don’t have time.

I don’t know what to do.

It doesn’t affect me.

Until it does.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick, where she and her team of employees, vendors, and strategic partners deconstruct conflict and re-create it as opportunity, using a holistic, integrative approach. Nance resolves conflict and cultivates leaders, using her EEOC training, as well as her proprietary Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, which is described in more detail in her first book, DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist).