Chronicle November 2018 Edition
Wade Coye Attorney
Reflection and Preparation Should Go Hand in Hand
When I was growing up, I lived on a farm in upstate New York. It was a great place to learn the value of hard work. My father and grandfather, as well as my mother and grandmother, never took days off. They were always thinking about the next goal or the next project. It’s a lesson that sticks with me to this day, and one that I never feel more than on Thanksgiving Day. For most families, Thanksgiving is an all-day affair of feasting, football, and leisure, but that’s not the case for us. The kids, including yours truly, would wake up and do their barn chores, just as we did any other day. Once the work was done, we’d head over to my grandparents’ house for dinner. After the last slice of pie was eaten, we’d head back to the barn to finish any chores that weren’t quite done. And that’s nothing compared to the work my dad and grandfather would do.
When we meet with clients who’ve experienced an injury, they’re often hung up on what’s happened in the past. This “if only” type of thinking leads to inaction. Of course, remembering the circumstances of your injury is crucial to your case, but you can’t dwell on the past so much that it causes you to freeze. Our goal as a firm is to give you the help you need to move forward, and you can’t do that without moving on from the past. In a sense, Thanksgiving marks the end of one season and the start of another. As such, it’s important to reflect and prepare in equal measure. As you sit around the table with your loved ones this year, maybe sprinkle in a few acknowledgments of what you’re working toward in addition to what you’re grateful for. It will make Thanksgiving as much about looking forward as it is about looking back. We still go up to the farm about every other year to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. And I still do a few chores while I’m there. Those activities are just as nostalgic for me as carving into a turkey and heaping my plate with stuffing. And for that, among many other things, I’m forever grateful.
Our goal as a firm is to give you the help you need to move forward.
You see, Thanksgiving coincides with the end of the fall harvest. You may think that makes it the perfect time for a little respite, but that’s not how it works in farming. Sometimes, you need to think six or seven months ahead to ensure your spring and summer crops are in a position to succeed. The soil, like time itself, waits for no man. You have to put in the effort every day if you want to yield the best results come harvest. Now, I don’t want to paint a picture of my childhood as a joyless existence — it was just the opposite. We always had enough time to enjoy sledding, snowball fights, and warm nights drinking hot cocoa by the fire. In fact, the work we did made the moments of fun all the sweeter. I think you need a healthy combination of reflection, recreation, and preparation in order to get the most from life.
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