Shuttlesworth Law Firm, LLC - August 2019

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WHAT TO DO WITH THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SERVING THE COMMUNITY

The dog days of summer are hot as hell in Birmingham. Most of us used our vacation days to go down to the beach, up into the mountains, or somewhere else cool in July. And now here we are, in the dead heat of August, lounging and waiting for the cooler fall weather. It’s often a struggle to come up with ways to spend these last few days of summer, but I figure since we’re spending time in our home cities and neighborhoods, why not try and serve our communities? My family really likes to cook. While it was something more associated with lazy Sundays than the month of August, my daughters and I used to cook a ton of minestrone soup in the mornings and serve it to homeless people around Birmingham. It was always something that kept us grounded and grateful for how blessed we are, while also providing for others less fortunate than ourselves. We live really close to downtown, so it’s just a quick walk up and over the mountain and into town. I also know all the spots where people who need food hang out. “AFTER TAKING THE TIME TO ENJOY THE BLESSINGS WE HAVE IN OUR OWN LIVES, WE CAN FILL THOSE LATTER DAYS OF SUMMER BY GIVING TO PEOPLE WHO AREN’T AS FORTUNATE AS US.”

too. I’m not saying you have to spend this month feeding the homeless, or doing anything for

that matter. You can still use August as a time to unwind before school starts back up or work kicks into high gear for the fall season. All I’m saying is

that if you have the time, why not find some way to give back to the community? Opportunities to serve people are everywhere. There might be a niche for your skills and passions that you don’t know about. We make most of our summer about us, and what we want to do. It’s a very “me, me, me” time of year where we set aside time to load up our boats, trucks, and campers to get away from everyone else. That’s by no means a bad thing. It’s incredibly important to have that time away to relax, recharge, and be with family. But I think it goes without saying that we’re very fortunate to have those vacations and families to spend them with. After taking the time to enjoy the blessings we have in our own lives, we can fill those latter days of summer by giving to people who aren’t as fortunate as us. In turn, we would all feel more thankful for what we have, too.

–Perry Shuttlesworth

Life has gotten busier with two girls in college, and, unfortunately, we haven’t had as many opportunities to do that as we used to. But there will be at least a few down days this month for us, and maybe for you,

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