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World Traveler

The world seems different.

I seem different.

Yet the same,

experiencing what had been

overlooked,

ignored,

hidden,

unknown, or

misunderstood.

Like me.

Always present.

Ever ready.

Open-armed.

Waiting to be

examined,

analyzed,

appreciated,

accepted,

challenged, and

alive.

We are complex,

yet simple,

depending on our choices

and needs

in a moment.

It passes quickly,

or we hold tightly,

forcing a past to stay

because we fear

there will never be

another breath,

another kiss

a new cell,

a blossom, or

a butterfly.

In a small, controlled, and secluded world,

that might be true.

But we live not there,

if we so choose.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick. Her holistic, integrative approach draws from her experience as a human resources supervisor, as well as her legal and EEOC training. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and 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). Most recently, she was invited to serve as ICERM Representative to the United Nations and will attain her certificate in Ethno-Religious Conflict Mediation in March.