As we head into the post holiday doldrums of late January, I came across a missive by Rob Sullivan who blogs at lawyerology offering advice for the new year. His 5 suggestions are short, sweet and spot on. Here they are with my unsolicited commentary:
Hug your children and tell them you love them every day. Given the world we live in that has Superstorm Sandy like natural disasters happening more often and gun violence randomness like Newtown, this is self-explanatory. But it is also a bit limited in scope. Don't limit this advice to your children – think of all of your family and friends that you encounter on a routine basis (and not so routine) and tell them they are important to you. Everyone involved will feel valued, including you.
Be hopeful. Be positive and good things will come. That seems easy enough but again, given the complicated world we live in and the complex daily lives we live, it is easy to lose sight of the simplicity of positive thought. Try to consciously remind yourself every day to look at the bright side of what you have and may encounter that day.
Be thankful. Again, pretty straightforward. But it is also easy enough to let your focus wander from what you have, from the positive aspects of your life and circumstances. Try to remember to be thankful for what you have and the natural tendency to think of ways to help those around you will follow.
Believe in yourself. Developing and maintaining appropriate self-confidence can be a challenge but hey, if you don't believe in yourself who else is going to believe in you? Believe in your path and others will follow you down it.
Stand up for yourself and others. Don't let others tread on you or those around you. Don't quit and stand tall no matter what you are faced with, and the future will take care of itself. Again, simple advice but easy to forget.
As a child, you probably heard all of these admonitions in some form or another at home, school, church or from your friends. But mulling them over once in awhile and reinvesting in them can't be a bad thing, right?
Keep looking and moving forward.
Bret Hanna of Wrona DuBois in Utah, focuses exclusively on litigating plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, in mediations, and in administrative proceedings in Michigan and Utah since 1991.