For everything there is a season. . .

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Yesterday, I was an attorney in private practice. And today, I’m not.

And all is well.

There comes a time when change occurs. It may be unexpected or predictable. Each has its own challenge and each, its own sort of celebration, a reason to cheer.

I am so freaking proud of the people I worked with, the ones who remain and the others who already have moved on. The ones who challenged me to be the best teacher and guide I could be. The ones who had creative ideas that floored me, and the ones who toiled in the hot summer sun (no A/C on the weekends, you know) and in the dark of many nights. The ones who found themselves. The ones who knew it mattered.  The ones who cared as deeply as I.

And I’m so grateful for the clients and friends who placed their trust in me, sometimes literally on my shoulder, in a litigation bag, footfalls next to me as we traveled to court. What a leap of faith. What a gift for me to receive. They weren’t all battles, though the battles were many. Sometimes it didn’t require a battle at all; all it required was reassurance that their path was not littered with legal road bombs. These clients, too, gifted me with their faith and confidence.  And each made my life richer.

One of the amazing characteristics of the legal community in which I’ve plyed my craft for more than two decades is that the people, the professionals, know and respect each other. They swap stories of kids and schools, gyms and spouses, vacations and red wine. They break bread. They slap each other on the back. Yes, that really does happen.

To be a part of this is to know goodness.

To know hard work. To embrace challenge and, yes, change. And, most importantly, to know integrity. To know, even in the toughest battles, that the scales are evenly balanced. To play tough but play fair.

Who could ask for more?

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8 Responses to For everything there is a season. . .

  1. Nora says:

    Lisa – You have had more than your fair share of challenges & changes in the last year yet you’ve met every one of them with grace & aplomb. However, I think it’s time that God realized you are strong enough (That which doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger). I’m sure you have candidates you could refer to Him and if you don’t, I do! In the meantime, I will be praying that the window that opens next for you Is all you derserve.

  2. Stacy says:

    So beautifully written, Lisa. All is well. Here is to new beginnings!

  3. sueannkatherine says:

    What a beautiful tribute to finding those cracks and purposefully letting in the light. Thank you Leonard Cohen. For me, every ending is a new beginning and your words give me the courage to take my life by the reins and move forward with integrity, faith and confidence. It couldn’t come at a better time. Holding you tenderly here as you look forward to your next adventure.

  4. nancy rizzo says:

    I hope the entire world sees this. Perfection. Lotsa love, endless energy, and woo hoo can’t wait to see all the blessings ahead!!! xxoo

  5. Janice says:

    Your inner beauty will continue to make your worlds blossom all around you. We only met once, and you made me feel like I’d known you for years. Keep spreading your Light.

  6. Margy toohey says:

    Wow…you have great testicular fortitude!!

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