LAW NEWS Quarter 4 2019
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Providing HelpWorth Your Thanks
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, our firm feels a terrific sense of gratitude toward our clients. We’re thankful for the connections and relationships we’ve been fortunate to establish and for the ways we’ve been able to help them during times of trouble. In all the time I’ve practiced law and worked with many of the good people in the Hartford area, one thing I’ve realized is that no matter what part of life we’re in, we are all just trying to get through life on earth. We’re all in this together. This very idea is at the root of the first Thanksgiving celebration in the Americas. It was a celebration of friendship and good faith between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Tribe. After a perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean and a harsh first winter in the New World, the Pilgrims had endured sickness, starvation, and death in a strange land far from their home. At the same time, the Wampanoag people, who had inhabited the region long before the Pilgrims’ arrival, were very skeptical of the colonists. However, despite their differences and hardships, they came together to share a meal and give thanks for everything that had. Ninety of the Wampanoag people came to Plymouth with lots of different vegetables, eels, and shellfish, and the Pilgrims shared some of the waterfowl they had recently killed. They also played games and tried to learn each other’s languages. This three-day affair culminated in a peace agreement between the two groups that lasted for over 50 years. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863 at the height of the American Civil War. At a time when our nation was more divided than ever, he called all Americans everywhere to take a day as one people and come together to give thanks for the blessings and good fortune they had in their lives. We all have faced challenges and hardships in this life, but we all have things we can be grateful for. We’ll never all experience the same hardships or the same joys at the same time, but we can all still come together and enjoy our family, friends, neighbors, and community. We can offer comfort in times of
trouble and sadness, and we can share in their happiness when good fortune comes their way. None of us have to be alone in our struggles or our fortunes. At our firm, many clients come to us during one of the hardest times of their lives. When their cases finish up, many of them leave with a sense of relief as if they have summited a great mountain. Even though Thanksgiving has since passed, a major part of the holiday season, in general, is reflecting on the year, on what we’ve done well, and where we need to improve. During this next year, I hope all of us here at the Law Offices of Paul Levin can continue serving our community and help all of you get through the hardest points of your lives to the relief on the other side. We hope we can continue providing help worth your thanks.
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