Let’s face it: The prospect of a new year can be daunting. For many, writing 2017 conjures to mind a flood of unknowns. The months ahead will be stormy as a new administration takes the reigns in a country that, after a political earthquake, stands resolutely divided. The world itself is in flux as governments mine for that glittering diamond called “trust” and choose between the conflicting doctrines of open and closed, globalization and isolationism. While looking to the future, we must remember to reflect on the lessons of the past. We must not turn our backs on ethics, equality and freedom of expression while grasping for a pixelated mirage of progress. In view of the course of recent events, it is no small coincidence that the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” as the international word of the year.
Change that is more distinctly positive in nature is also afoot at the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. In response to the push to remain “relevant” to a changing population of lawyers, we have modernized our image, refreshed our logos and reevaluated our priorities. Our ongoing mission is to adapt to better serve our members. The Docket, too, has seized this opportunity to remain at the cutting edge of the communications landscape. The February 2016 issue, which featured The Super Docket commemorating the 50th anniversary of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, just received a Luminary Award for Excellence in Special Projects from the National Association of Bar Executives. This Oscar-like accolade has inspired us to seek out new ways to enhance the publication. This issue is, in itself, a page-turner: The Docket will now come out six times a year, affording us the ability to make the magazine’s content and visual appeal even more enticing.
Whatever trials lie ahead, I urge you to embrace the following mottos that I took away from a figure skating workshop with World and Olympic coach Kathy Casey at the U.S. Olympic Training Center:
- Winning is an inside job.
- Setbacks should be viewed as temporary. They provide a basis for learning. Failure comes only with quitting.
- Champions strive to exceed their limits: By making the good better and the better best, they never let it rest until the good is better and the better is best.
And with a winning attitude and a kind heart, anything is possible — even when all the cards seem stacked against you.
With warmest regards,
Jessica A. Volz, Ph.D.