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HELPING OTHERS IS THE GREATEST JOY IN LIFE MY MOM’S NO. 1 LESSON
W hen I was a kid, I hated the idea of growing up to become one of my parents. I’m sure a lot of kids feel like this. When we’re that age, we only see the flaws in our families — the things they won’t let us do, the trends they don’t get, and the difficulties of being a 9- or 13-year-old they can’t possibly understand. I focused a lot of that angst on my mom because she was so serious all the time and I had trouble relating to her. However, when I got older, I realized I’m more like her than I ever thought I’d be, and that’s an incredible thing! I can’t wait to spend time with my mom and dad this Mother’s Day (I have my fingers crossed I’m able to travel to see them in Columbus). In the meantime, I want to explain how that switch flipped in my brain and dedicate this newsletter to the No. 1 lesson my mom taught me: Helping others is the greatest joy in life. My mom went through a lot of challenges, but beneath her tough exterior, she’s actually one of the most loving, giving, selfless people I’ve ever met. When I read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, I immediately thought of my mom when I got to the language “Acts of Service.” In the book, communicating love through Acts of Service is described as “doing something for your spouse that you know they would like. Cooking a meal, washing dishes, and vacuuming floors are all acts of service.” Right away, I thought about all of the physical tasks around the house my mom did when I was growing up. My dad was a pastor, and he was gone a lot for work. So all the chores like cooking and cleaning fell to my mom, and she really seemed to revel in that work. Every Saturday morning, for example, she would clean the whole house until every little trinket and figurine sparkled. My mom is always serving and helping other people, whether it’s our family or the community at large. She has an incredible work ethic, and on top of everything she did at home when I was young, she was also very involved with our church and took care of others that way. For the last 10 years, she has risen to the challenge of taking care of her own mother, who has Alzheimer’s. As an adult, I’m in awe of how she gives 110% to everyone all the time.
I’m not sure my mom ever directly told me how important it is to work hard and serve others, but she definitely led by example, and I followed in her footsteps without even realizing it. In high school, I was always working. I studied hard, but I also washed cars, cut the grass, and did laundry for extra cash. When it came to practicing law, that work ethic helped me succeed. My mom cheered me on during every step of that journey, too. She’s really supportive of my career, and I know she’s proud of how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come.
“I’m not sure my mom ever directly told me how important it is to work hard and serve others, but she definitely led by example, and I followed in her footsteps without even realizing it.”
Funnily enough, Acts of Service is now my love language, too. I love doing things around the house for my wife, Rachel, and serving my coworkers and clients in the office. Every client who comes to Bader Scott is guaranteed to reap the benefits of the lessons I learned from my mom. Seth and I both give 110% every day to help people. Personally, I work extremely hard, and I do it with a great sense of joy and pleasure because I know how important it is to my clients we resolve their cases. That ethic is my own, but my mom deserves a lot of credit for it, too! If you’re lucky enough to spend this Mother’s Day with your mom, hug her extra tight. She might have given you even more than you know.
Wishing you good health and safety in these difficult times,
–Luis Scott, Managing Partner
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