"Purpose" is showing up a lot lately. Maybe it is that time of year when we are examining our lives? In any case, I decided to rerun this:
The ABA Journal recently picked up a Texas Lawyer article by coach and psychologist James Dolan on the fantasy of achieving a perfect "work-life balance." While Dolan's article is thoughtful and hints that finding this balance requires some introspection into the meaning and purpose of one's life, the ABA Journal's distillation is flat and trite. The article reduces his advice to "work toward a schedule that allows personal and family time, knowing that sacrifices have to be made on one side or the other."
At the beginning of the new millennium, I hosted a weekly conference call for lawyers across the country. Each week was different - we sometimes had speakers and sometimes just talked and shared. The conversations were rich and the regulars developed close relationships. As I just posted the article-excerpt about my life purpose, I reflected on a recurring conversation:
What is the purpose of law?
This is a foundational question and we don't have an answer that we all agree upon. Do we need to agree? Are there multiple answers or one purpose for everyone to adopt?
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