We humans like to place people into buckets: good and bad, left and right, us and them. This seems to be an age-old tendency, and it isn’t all that surprising that the rise of social media and the proliferation of news and opinion platforms have allowed our divisions to become more entrenched and more apparent. We can choose to read and listen to only those sources that affirm what we already feel and believe, and we can respond to those who disagree while protected by a screen that keeps us from seeing and experiencing their humanity, their emotional reactions. Our quickly typed words can be amplified through shares and retweets, carried far beyond the small circles that might once have heard them.
Many, many people have written about the heightened state of polarization in which we live these days, lamenting how destructive it is and postulating about what led to this environment. It is distressing and disheartening. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”
–Barbara de Angelis
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In this occasional series, I’ll share what I’ve been reading, watching, thinking, and doing.
What I’m Reading:
What I’m Watching: Master of None, Season 2
What I’m Listening To: Modern Love, “A Slow Fade to Black”
Current Guilty Pleasure: ice cream (most recently from Marble Slab)
Where I’ve Been Recently: Chattanooga, TN
What I’m Looking Forward To: My trip to Greece later this summer!
Latest Personal Project: Learning Greek (with the help of DuoLingo, Collins, and my Greek husband, who’s been a helpful and patient tutor)
Recent Moment of Joy: Reconnecting with a former colleague from a past job and learning that we have more in common than I’d realized
Currently Inspired By: My friend M, who fought through a painful foot injury to complete her third half-Ironman last weekend. She ran her first 5k just a couple of years ago. Way to go, M!
Grateful For: A beautiful, sunny day after a long rainy spell
Have a lovely weekend!
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Tracking time is one of the most universally disliked aspects of private law practice. I don’t think I’ve ever met an attorney who liked having to log every client-related task in six- or fifteen- minute increments. Tracking and recording your time is a pain. But it does have its benefits, aside from being able to bill your clients for the work you’ve performed.
When I first left private practice and no longer had to keep daily time sheets, I noticed that I became less productive. I chatted with coworkers more and took longer lunches. I spent more time on projects. These things are not all bad, but I realized at some point that I wasn’t checking items off my to-do list as often as I’d like, and I felt like I was losing momentum.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
— Unknown; possibly originated with Henry Thomas Buckle
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