This week was a quick one. A few days of feeling like a dart board and by Friday afternoon I left the clean up my office and the aftermath of chaos. As the week wound to a close, I found a lot to be grateful for in the spite of the hectic nature of my work week.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – I attended the Hamilton County NAMI Annual Celebration Dinner on Thursday. It was great to be with people who share your common thoughts and common cause. Also, finding a way to give back to Society and grassroots volunteerism was the theme which invigorated me as well. I was accompanied by Betsy Jameson, Katherine Jameson & Pat Ross. Despite their personal loss, the Jameson clan is strong, resilient and at the end of time spent with them, I was grateful for their companionship and our shared commitment to make something good come out of Ken’s tragic death.
Connecting with others– Feeling connected to those around me is a way I keep myself grounded and more than that I find that as I know people longer there are deeper connections that reveal themselves. I had that happen a few times this week. Clients and colleagues I have known for a long time only to discover some shared issue, something deeper that connects us and I am amazed to find these things. Suddenly, our close connection makes sense. This happened a few times this week and I am grateful for the revelations.
The ability to say No to others. I am exceedingly grateful for my ability to say no, to set limits and to maintain my client’s position in the face of hostile and aggressive adversary clients. Sometimes NO is the best word in the English language. Learning to set limits on others, to be obstinate and stoic if necessary is an essential skill. Being able to do so without aggression has taken a lot of practice on my part and somehow that practice seems to have clicked this week.
A view from the Witness box. Today I spent time testifying at hearing to enforce settlement agreement against my former client. Uncomfortable to say the least. However, by being the witness and not the attorney, I realized how much I miss being in the courtroom. I was also very very grateful to have fired the client. Sometimes, it is best to move on because a client and you can no longer agree. Leaving the case may cost you some unpaid fees, but it may save you time and aggravation.
A busy week, but a lot to take stock of. Also, for the record, a lot to be frustrated about. Somehow, however, in light of all that happened I am more grateful than stressed.