The Simpler Days of Law School?
You know you have hit a new level of complexity in life when you look back with fondness at the simplicity of law school. I was single, no children, rented a room in an apartment, no car payment and everything that I owned fit into a 4 x 8 U-haul trailer. My primary mission was getting the best grades I could. Granted I was so stressed out that I stacked my text books by my bed to assure myself that my anxious dreams about phantom classes were not real.
As years went on life has became more complex. This is not a complaint, but a simple statement of fact. Even though I have more to juggle, I would not trade my present life for that of law school. But with everything that I have to do, it’s all too easy to put aside my life’s core purposes for another day. It seemed as though my growth as an attorney was separate from my growth as a person.
15 years ago I figured out that this thought process was wrong. So, I quietly started the business of integrating my legal life into my personal and spiritual quest for growth. It didn’t mean giving different advice to clients or trying to change co-workers. It was a recognition of the moment by moment effect that this decision had on the purposes of work for me.
Once this process started, I was surprised by the subtle shifts in what became visible to me. Though my work continues to primarily be one of problem solver, it is now in context of serving my core purposes in life. It makes me a better attorney for my clients and a better person for those who work around me.
What are your core or spiritual purposes in life? How can you integrate work into advancing those purposes?