As we build our practices, let’s not forget that our businesses are not our lives. In the end, our law practice is just a way to serve our larger goals for ourselves, our families and our communities. It’s always good to remember the essence of the game because, if you’re like me, we get wrapped up and lost in the crush of everyday life and need to get our train back on the track.
Mother Teresa may have said it best. Let’s focus on what really matters, regardless of our fears and the apparent futility of our efforts.
“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, some could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.”
President & Co-Founder
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc.