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A quote from Andy Warhol that I really connect with in regards to mediation reads:

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.

– Andy Warhol

As much as we might like to, we can’t change those around us. We can try to guide those we care about to solutions we think are best for them, but it is up to the individual to take matters into their own hands and execute that change. When it comes to mediation, this is where open, honest conversation comes in. We can all work together towards an amicable solution, but at the end of the day if someone isn’t ready to change we can’t force them to. What we can do is treat them with compassion and understanding anyways, and allow them the opportunity to change when they’re ready.