The Joyful Lawyer
Offering practical and spiritual guidance to help attorneys find joy, possibility and balance at work and home.
Work to create space for joy and balance in your career
HomeFind time for family, home life, and relationships in order for you to become your best self
Professional GoalsGet motivated to pursue those big life changes and fulfill long time dreams
Personal GrowthRecognize your potential for personal achievement, development, and continued learning at any stage
We all know how difficult change is.
Most of us would rather stay right where we are, no matter how miserable, than make a move that would improve our quality of life, our happiness, our relationships. Why is this so difficult? It’s comfortable—we would rather deal with what’s familiar than try to manage something new.
I think we’ve forgotten that we are all here for a purpose—we’ve lost track of this in the mire and muck of what we do every day, and the routine of our days has numbed our minds. Do you remember why you wanted to be a lawyer? Think back to when you first decided that law was going to be your profession; think about when you first applied to law school. What was the driving force behind this decision? Was there excitement around this choice? Was it financially motivated? Was it based on the prestige of the position and the title? Was it based on helping and serving others? Did you see yourself as a force to do good? Do you still?
What does your work mean to you today? Now that you are practicing, and know what it means to be an attorney on a day to day basis, would you do it again? Did you make the right choice? Are you fulfilling your purpose in life? Do you wake up with joy every day, challenged and excited to face the day?
These are tough questions, and I hope that you answered in a positive way to most of them. If not, let’s explore how to reverse those negative answers. I provide experience-based coaching services for lawyers, helping you to achieve joy in your life every day. Having real joy is a practice, and I can provide you with experience-based coaching and the tools you need to reach and maintain this goal.
We can do it – together!
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In a recent conversation with a friend, she narrated the following story: in order to catch crabs, you put the cage, with bait, down into the ocean. The top of the cage is open, and the crabs eventually fill up the cage. The top always remains open, but if one crab tries to crawl up to escape, the other crabs will pull him back down into the cage so that they will all share the same fate.
I have never heard this story, although I guess it is a popular one. How often are we the single crab trying to escape, to make our lives better, to survive, only to get pulled back down into the cage?
Many times, we may find that it is certainly more comfortable, both for ourselves and other, to stay securely in the cage, where it’s familiar, where our friends are, where there’s food for us to eat. Crawling out of the cage requires courage, strength, and the ability to fight off others who we thought were our friends.
Our friends may convince us that everything we need is in the cage. I mean, it’s where they are, right? We can all be miserable together.
Here’s the interesting thing about success. We can be successful, but not too successful. We can be smart, but not too smart. We need to stay in the same sort of “range” as those around us, otherwise we become an outcast within our group.read more