Time flies and so does life. As Abraham Lincoln concluded, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Given that truism, I encourage each of you to reflect on your life’s priorities, in theory and in practice. Make time for life-promoting activities and non-Facebook relationships. Challenge yourself to document, verbally or pictorially, the experiences that make you happy each day. Give yourself visible proof of how much there is to be thankful for. Even if there is so much in life that is beyond our control, it is important to remember that it lies within our personal power to inspire positive change on local and global levels.
A simple way to promote a more equitable society is by attending this year’s “Around the World” themed Barristers Benefit Ball at EXDO Event Center on April 29. All of the proceeds above the cost go to sustaining Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ critical work in providing access to justice to those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services.
As important as it is to live in the moment, it’s also important to act with foresight. The articles contained in this issue offer valuable insight into retirement options, selling your practice, and even planning for your death or disability, one of which is inevitable. While it is easy to postpone such preparations, it lies in your best interest to act sooner rather than later. After all, life happens.
Rather than leave you to contemplate that morbid cliff-hanger, I will close with a remark from Benjamin Franklin: “The Constitution only guarantees you the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” So what are you waiting for? Don’t say your retirement!
With warmest regards,
Jessica A. Volz, Ph.D.