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THE BONDS THAT CONNECT US What Really Matters About Thanksgiving
It’s fitting that this Thanksgiving issue is also our first chance to announce Paul’s firstborn daughter. In fact, the day I began writing this, he and his wife had just rushed off to the hospital to bring her into the world! Everything went well, and little Talia Celeste Harman came into the world at 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Congratulations, Paul and Rossely! At a time when the country comes together to celebrate family and friends, it’s fitting that our firm’s extended family is growing. Of course, as a bachelor, it’s a little hard for me to speak about the miracle of childbirth or the trials, tribulations, and joys of parenthood. This year, it’s even hard to talk about the standard Thanksgiving traditions of getting together with your closest loved ones — it’s looking like I won’t make it out to see my parents in Michigan. I can, however, share my thoughts on the core of the holiday and what is, in my opinion, the most valuable thing on earth: relationships. The bonds we make with one another, whether as parent and child or lawyer and client, can have profound ripple effects across our lives. From humble origins, these relationships have the capacity to grow, change, branch out, and stand the test of time. Even after you leave this earth, if you positively impacted those you left behind, are you really gone? This is something I thought about a lot while I was in the Holy Land. I have just returned from a church trip to Israel, and naturally, it has left me with a lot of time to reflect. My most profound experience came when we visited the Sea of Galilee. Surrounded by hills, these otherwise calm waters can become dangerous swells in an instant. Winds following the Jordan River can sweep down and kick up the sea in mere moments. Thankfully, this didn’t happen while our group was out on the water.
TALIA CELESTE HARMAN
In this fragile stillness, I thought about the time Jesus and his followers spent around that body of water. Whether He was walking along the shores in big, slow groups or sailing across Galilee in old fishing boats, this is where He spent the most one-on-one time with His disciples. Those were the moments that turned 11 unlearned fishermen into the Apostles who would spread the Gospel around the world. They didn’t spend hours in gilded temples or palace courtyards. They spent meaningful time together on the craggy coastline. This is the power of relationships. I envision these bonds like a tree. We have one vertical relationship with God, which then branches out to family, friends, and beyond. I’ve been so fortunate to have grown so many branches in my life, and I’ve met so many great people in my work and travels over the years. It’s these bonds I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Here’s to the ones you care about, near and dear to your heart.
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