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.
Over at Minding the Workplace, David Yamada comments on the Kevin Kannemer's statement that "I prefer to work with people who have dealt with adversity and arisen from brokenness. Those who have never been tested cannot be trusted." Prof. Yamada mentions the value of resilience and the lessons learned from adversity. He says, "And oh how I wish we could learn the lessons of those challenges without the struggle and pain."
Practicing on Purpose LLC is hosting an introductory webinar
Introduction to Purpose
Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm
Learn about the 7 Purposes of Wellness and how they will help you find passion and meaning in law and life.
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This section was inspired by the work of our sponsor, Gretchen Duhaime of Practicing on Purpose. Gretchen has developed an overview of well-being that is very holistic and we'll be organizing this page based on her model and coding content to reflect her holistic perspective of Wellness. Having said that, we could consider almost everything on the site to fall into one category of Wellness or another, as defined by Gretchen. Instead, we'll identify the articles and videos which are most "on point" for this topic and trust that you can sort the rest into the model.
Wellness habits help lawyers maintain physical health and stamina, emotional balance and ethical boundaries. More than "health," well-being is an integration of the whole person; body, mind, and spirit.
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