DECEMBER 2018 LOPEZ LAW
FROM THE DESK OF
SEASON OF JOY, SEASON OF STRESS
How do I love the holiday season? Let me count the ways. I love the incandescent bulbs that frame windows, line roofs, and light the sky with good cheer. I love the family time spent around a crackling fire. I love catching up with friends who are in town for their annual visit. I love decorating the Christmas tree with my wife and daughter as if it’s the most important thing in the world. If the holidays have a drawback, it’s this: More people get in trouble this time of year. No matter how hard I work — and I put in a lot of hours at the office — the months of November and December always seem to present me with more business than I’m prepared for. While it’s both economically desirable and professionally satisfying to know that my services are in demand, I can’t help but feel sad that so many people find themselves facing criminal charges in the midst of the season of joy. business and trace it directly to people’s increased levels of stress. I tend to see Christmas as overwhelmingly positive, so I need to remind myself that not everyone is as lucky as I am. Some people live paycheck-to-paycheck, and that doesn’t leave a lot of room for material generosity. Some people don’t have family to spend time with, or they aren’t on good terms with the family they do have. Some people lack basic necessities like a hot meal and a roof. No matter what you have going on in your life, the holiday season seems to amplify and add to it, and this is on top of the overcommitted lives we already lead. The less adept you are at managing your stress, the more likely you are to do something you’ll regret. Before you reach for the bottle, take some deep breaths. Try to treat yourself like someone you actually care about. I’m no mind-reader, but I am a keen observer of human behavior. I don’t find it especially hard to look at the uptick in my holiday
“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy— the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan. […] It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. [...] With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph— so help us, God. I ask that the Congress declare that, since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.” –President Franklin D. Roosevelt The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 led to the severe destruction of the United States Pacific Fleet, but it lit a flame in the hearts of Americans. The sudden strike by the Japanese forces destroyed 20 American vessels, eight of which were battleships, and over 300 airplanes. Over 2,000 military and civilian American lives were lost, and another 1,000 suffered injuries. The following day, President Roosevelt gave his Pearl Harbor address to the nation, urging Congress to take action and declare war on Japan. This event brought the citizens of America together for the first time since WWII began. It was time to go to war. Although the attack caught America by surprise, the war had seemed unavoidable for some time. In 1937, Japan declared war on China to seize its import market for financial gain and to expand Japan’s territory. The Japanese government had been struggling with economic and social issues, and its leaders REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR The Attack That Brought World War II to America
Finally, if you’re going to drink, don’t drive. If you’re going to drive, don’t drink. And when all else fails, always remember to Plead the Fifth.
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