The post continues my repeated theme: That is, we all need to prioritize and value our finite time as an opportunity to enjoy life. We ideally should expend as little time as possible on time-consuming (and financially costly) disputes, problems, difficulties. Or, essentially we should prevent death by a thousand paper cuts.
My passion in lawyering is helping clients smooth the sharp edges and corners of life (with preventive planning, and if necessary, aggressive, strategic challenges to resolve disputes, litigation, etc.). All this lawyering directed at giving my clients simply more time to enjoy life.
As an aside, the following excerpt from the novel Middlemarch, by George Eliot, stopped me in my tracks as one of the most succinct and powerful observations I have read in quite some time on this notion of our finite time and enjoyment of life:
“…it is in these acts called trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted until men and women look round with haggard faces at the devastation their own waste has made and say the earth bears no harvest of sweetness—calling their denial knowledge.”
from Middlemarch, George Eliot
Click here for my earlier post on how strongly I am impressed with Middlemarch.