Harmonson Law Firm - June 2020

JUNE 2020



I hope that by the time you read this letter, the country will have begun healing from the coronavirus crisis. Regardless of whether we are still under stay-at-home orders or slowly coming out of our period of self- isolation, these will be difficult times. There has been sickness and loss of life. Jobs have been lost and businesses have closed. We have been cocooned at home and isolated from our friends and loved ones. However, this message is not a message of despair but one of hope. STAYING POSITIVE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

I realized that I get to spend more time with my family. As an attorney, I often work until 7 or 8 at night. Working at home means I get to see my kids more and I get to be a greater presence in their lives. As I did before the crisis, I get up every morning and write in my gratitude journal. I write down the

things I am thankful for — the things we have as a family and the things that make us stronger. We have been fortunate that no one in our family has fallen ill, and for that I am thankful.

During these difficult times, I am reminded of the Serenity Prayer. Written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in 1943 during WWII and later popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous, the prayer reads, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Maintaining a positive mindset is crucial right now. Mindset is a choice. We have the choice to be positive and proactive or we have the choice to let our own hyperreactivity, worry, and self-doubt take over. The people who choose positivity over doubt and fear are going to be the people who are able to survive these tough times.

The truth is that we can’t change the current situation. What good does it do for us to have fear, anger, and worry about what we can’t control? All the worry in the world isn’t going to make the

We can also change the people with whom we associate. Now is a good time to step away from those friends and influences who maintain a negative mindset. Give the naysayers on social media a rest. We can choose how much hysteria we hear on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC — turn off the TV and do something else you enjoy. While times may seem bad, the world has survived worse disasters. The atrocities committed during the Holocaust come to mind. During times like these, it’s good to reflect on how others have persevered in the face of adversity. Read a book or watch a movie about survival during difficult times. The following are a few I’d recommend. “The Pianist,” directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrian Brody, is a true story of a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust through endurance and iron will. “The Pianist” is a testament to human endurance in the face of death.

virus and its aftermath disappear. Fear isn’t going to offer new jobs or bring the economy back. Blaming the president, China, or the World Health Organization isn’t going to make one difference in our own lives. We are in a brave new world, and blaming others just robs us of control over our own lives. What can we change? We can change our attitude. I will admit that I have experienced moments of doubt and worry during this crisis. We have had challenges at home with adapting to new school schedules and raising our toddler. At the same time, we had to juggle new work-at-home routines. Like any business owner, I have concerns about the state of our economy and what it will mean for our business going forward. Despite those worries, I know that the attitude to have now (and anytime for that matter) is positivity.


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