Holland & Usry - November 2019

Our Clients Remind Us of That Every Year THANKFULNESS HAS MANY FORMS

We’re heading into that time of year again when family, traditions, and self-reflection start bubbling to the forefront of our minds. I don’t know if it’s brought on by the string of holidays we’re about to jump into or if the cold weather gives people a reason to look for warmth in other ways. All I know is that it’s a great time to slow down and reflect on what’s important for myself, my partners here at Holland & Usry, and all the work we do for our clients. When I was young, our family’s Thanksgiving tradition was always on a rotation of hosting. We’d jump from a cousin’s house in Charleston one year to another cousin’s house in Savannah the year after that. The location was on the fly, but the Thanksgiving traditions always remained the same. We’d carve into a giant turkey, pass the yams and green beans around the table, and turn on football in the background, even if no one was actually sitting down to watch it. For my family, Thanksgiving was simple and easy, and I was appreciative of that. But change is inevitable as family members grow up and move away and other priorities develop. These days, we don’t always get together like we used to. So for me, the thought of Thanksgiving invokes a different type of reflection, but it still gives me so much to be thankful for. At Holland & Usry, we see a lot of tough cases and hear a lot of rough stories every day. People coming to us for help are facing criminal charges, navigating unemployment due to injury, going through divorce, struggling with how to protect their assets, experiencing family crisis, or suffering from significant economic damages. And that’s really just the short list. No matter what they face, our clients are going through what may be the hardest moments of their lives, and they’re trusting us to help them and protect them to the best of our ability. Sure, it can be a lot of pressure to take on, but it’s also the most

humbling experience you can possibly imagine. Our goal is to help these folks so that they’re the ones who have something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. In truth, sometimes it’s hard to achieve. The prospect of certain outcomes can be scary, and that carries into every room you walk into. In times like these, it’s important to remember to stay positive, encourage our clients to have a hopeful mindset, and remind them of all the great things they still have in their lives. Problems always come to a resolution, and I’ll be the first to say that they’re often a lot better than anticipated. Our clients are thankful for that outlook, and that, in turn, keeps me looking forward to my work every single day. I’ll be eternally grateful for what I learn from the incredible experiences I have with my clients and my colleagues. The power of working together, staying positive, and never letting fear get the best of us have been incredibly powerful tools over the years. I can only begin to say how thankful I am to every single person I’ve worked with for leading me down this path.

Have a wonderful holiday out there, stay safe, and know that we’re here if you need us.

Our goal is to help these folks so that they’re the ones who have something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.



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