Spada Law Group - May 2020

THE SLG ADVISOR

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MAY 2020

We often hear about how life can change in a moment’s notice. As an injury attorney, I know this very well. I have spoken with clients who were leading great lives before their accidents turned everything upside down. Logically, I knew this was a possibility in my own life, but I never expected it to come in the form of a pandemic. This month, I’m going to give you a peek behind the curtain. I work on my newsletters weeks in advance, so they reach you on time every month. By the time you read this, it will be early May. At the time of writing, it’s March 24. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the country in full force, and I’m expecting Massachusetts to get a stay-at-home order any day now. I don’t know what the world will look like in May, but I know that right now, things feel quite dire. If I did not have a business, my children to worry about, or any responsibilities, I would pack up my stuff and start hiking the Appalachian Trail. You learn a lot about yourself when you go through a time of difficulty, and I have learned that the only thing that brings me peace in very rough times is walking in the woods. I recently started to take all my calls while on walks. There were days when I would walk 8 miles before 2 p.m. Spending four months on the trail, hiking from New Hampshire to Georgia, sounds very appealing right about now but that is not in the cards. This is a time of great uncertainty for everyone. I’ve watched my children’s faces look to me for comfort, and I don’t know how to provide that comfort. The situation is scary. When you’re a business leader or a father, it can be really hard to admit when you’re scared. I feel like I have to put on a tough face, but I know my kids can see right through it. Instead, I need to let my kids know that I’m scared, too, but that I’m going to keep fighting through it. We all are. I am taking steps to move past this fear and uncertainty and find ways to come out of this situation in a better place than I was before. The firm is physically closed now per order of the Governor. We’re not seeing many new cases, nor are we able to move along with our current cases at the same speed that we are used to. Do I just sit around not working? Of course not! I must take this opportunity to do March 24 Take Steps to Move Past Fear

things that will make us a better law firm and make me a better leader. I’m focusing on areas that I’ve always wanted to work on, but never found the time to dedicate to. One of these areas is putting together a better systems manual for how we operate our business. This may sound foolhardy to some people. “You might not even have a business when this is all over,” they say. Well, if I don’t have a business, I’ll throw away the paper and do something else. But if I do have a business — and I plan on still having a business — it will be better than before. I also want to improve our marketing. We have an educational marketing strategy, but we never find enough time to write all the blogs or get into the studio and make new videos. Now I have nothing but time. When all of this is over, I’d like to have a greater library of material to educate clients and the general public about various areas of the law. When this is all over, I don’t want to struggle to find my footing again. I want to hit the ground running. This is what I want to do, but initially in this whole saga, fear is paralyzing. It’s very tempting to just stay in the woods. I hope that when you are reading this that things are recovering and that we find ourselves in a better place than we were before. Today, on March 24, things are scary, but we can’t walk in the woods forever. We have to move forward and do what needs to be done. God Bless and stay positive. -Len Spada

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