Tomorrow/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on May 6, 2018


Just came across this quote about General (and later President) U. S. Grant:

A heavy rain has started to fall. As I stood beneath a tree, smoking a cigar and trying to stay dry, I was visited by Gen. Sherman. “Well, Grant,” he said, “we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?”

I replied, “Yes. Yes. Lick ’em tomorrow though.”

Grant, J. E. Smith p 200-201

Not every mediation session is going to be successful. Not every attempt to get to Win-Win will bear fruit. There are sessions for which mediators would love to have a re-set. In such cases the key phrase is “tomorrow”. Didn’t get the prize today. Don’t give up or give in. “Lick ’em tomorrow.”

Clearly in mediation, the key is not beating or licking your opponent. The story is meant however to accentuate the need to learn from past disappointments, and use that the newfound lessons you have gleaned from the past, for future accomplishment.