The Real Lawyers, Real Lives survey series aims to find commonalities and practical advice on topics that matter to lawyers' well-being. The first survey in the series focuses on Work/Life Balance. You can still participate at this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/431141/006907913704
Early findings are painting a picture of a well-balanced, integrated lawyer. She is driven by passion, with a clear life vision. This lawyer works quite a bit, but doesn't feel like she makes undue sacrifices. Religion or spirituality is a guiding hand behind her choices.
Yesterday my world was abuzz with rainbows, so much so that I wouldn't have been surprised to see one spontaneously pop up in the clear blue sky. When life rhymes like this, I like to notice the associations I make to the topic. Of course my first association to rainbows is the 7 Purposes wellness model. I use a rainbow to visualize the Purposes, because just like a prism refracts light into the visible spectrum, the Purposes refract our whole self for better viewing.
Have you ever been at a women's event where the speaker advised that we can't "have it all?" I've heard dozens of women share their success stories, focusing on the big business deal they missed while on family leave, or not being there when their child lost his first tooth because of an important business trip. These women, who have juggled family, career and more, tell those coming behind them to make choices and sacrifices and don't bother trying to have it all.
The Practicality of Play
"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." C.S. Lewis
What are your earliest memories of play? I remember playing hide and seek with my Mom and Dad. They took turns hiding me and my brother like Easter Eggs.