Winston & Damman January 2018

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January 2018

Dancing Through 2017

How My Clients Inspire Me Every Day

As we step into 2018, I’m taking a moment to look back and take stock of everything that’s changed in my life. Personally, 2017 was a difficult year, as I lost both my mother and father-in-law only 6 months apart. But I’ve found that, in the midst of tragedy and challenging times, you learn to appreciate every day for the incredible opportunity that it is. This is something I see nearly every day in my clients as they battle through physical pain and difficult situations to find new strength and purpose. I constantly draw inspiration from the grit and positivity of the people I serve. Last year, I had the opportunity to represent many of these impressive people. One client had recently undergone neck surgery when she was in a serious car accident, forcing her to undergo another surgery. Still, she kept her eyes on the bright side of life, never succumbing to a “why me” mentality. “In the coming year, positivity is what all of us at Winston & Damman hope to help our clients reach, despite whatever circumstances they find themselves in.”

Another woman I represented was simply doing a good deed, driving a friend home from the airport, when a driver cut across the freeway and slammed into them head- on. Despite four intense surgeries and weeks of excruciating pain, she still maintained her resolve. Perhaps the most moving story of human perseverance I encountered last year, though, was a client I represented who, after sustaining an array of serious injuries, was forced to give up the career she’d built over the previous 30 years. Despite her life being turned upside-down, she’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. She’s a truly amazing individual, challenging herself to learn a new set of skills and pursue a new career path that can accommodate her injuries. I have no doubt that with such an upbeat, determined perspective, she’ll easily succeed on whatever path she chooses to follow. There’s a quote from author Vivian Green up in the office that resonates with me every day: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” When given the worst news possible, we have two options. Either we can hide our heads in the sand and never come out for the rest of our lives, or we can do everything in our power to ensure that tragedy doesn’t define us. In the coming year, positivity is what all of us at Winston & Damman hope to help our clients reach, despite whatever circumstances they find themselves

in. To that end, we’re working to be as approachable as possible, to let our clients know that we’re thinking of them and how we can help. Whether it’s through this newsletter, checking in with a client months after their case, or simply guiding our clients through difficult situations, we want to connect with the people we serve on a personal level. We want to let them know that, despite how it may sometimes feel, they’re far from alone. Each new day brings a new opportunity to learn the story of a new, incredible client and help them move through even the most challenging of circumstances. 2017 may have been a difficult year for many of us, but 2018 is already looking bright. I’m excited to see what it has in store for all of us.

Nicole Winston

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