ICMA member Cynthia Seelhammer attended yesterday’s session entitled, “Maintaining the Health of Personal Relationships”, which featured Dr. Andreas Rapp of Austria. Formerly a city manager, he now does mediation work. One of his key points was that, too often, couples have many small issues that are not major, but over time, these small things grow to a heavy weight. He emphasized the importance of the dealing with these issues as they come up to minimize the possibility that they blow up later.
He also emphasized the need for home to be a safe haven. As we all know, though, that doesn’t happen on it’s own. Creating a healthy home environment takes time, attention and planning and is well worth the effort! Session leader Kathleen Mc Alpine assisted Dr. Rapp in collecting audience comments and ideas about problems and solutions. One thing was evident to all of us: relationships are ongoing conversations.