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Saturday, May 21, 2011

THE END 2.0

More thoughts on THE END

Maybe this isn't s bad thing. To contemplate the inevitable focuses one on the moment.

What do you enjoy about your life right now?

If this was your last year, what would you be doing different? If there was a medical test that gave you the information on when you would die within a reasonable certainty within a few months, how would you live out the remaining years or decades?

The fact is that outside of a tragedy, we pretty much know the date: we can expect to live into our mid to late seventies. With a little luck we can extend that time for another ten or fifteen years.

So knowing what we really don't want to think about, look at your life right now. (we now abandon the royal "we").

This morning I did not get up and exercise like I normally do. I cooked up some tater tots and then fried an egg and put it on top and then smothered that with ketchup. Then I ground some coffee and sat down and continued reading my book on Madoff and just enjoyed a quiet morning. Life is good. Indeed, life is a gift.

The other day I was speaking with someone about our goals. 25 years ago the only thing I wanted to do was be the best trial lawyer I could be. I probably couldn't even name goals 8-10. Today, being a great trial lawyer is not in the top ten. When it is my time, if being a great trial lawyer was all I accomplished (and it is not) I would be very sad.

I have a new goal now. Actually a few. One is a passion. And it requires a lot of work. It takes up most of my precious free time. And the scary thing is after a few years of work, I may fail. The finished product may stink.

But isn't that what life is all about? There are no guarantees. You try and succeed and you reap the rewards (emotional, financial, physical, etc.) You try and fail and you get right back up, dust yourself off, absorb and apply the lessons of the failure, and try again.

I've lived a moderately long time, but not long enough for me. And here's what I have learned: when I look back, it's always the climb that I remember fondly, not the top of the mountain.
I remember the long hours preparing the cross. And then I remember how it worked. I remember the frantic hours late at night re-writing the closing, and then I remember standing before the jury giving it. I rarely remember the verdict or the aftermath.

The world may end today, but probably not. But there is real value every now and then in contemplating the end and deciding to make every day count.

Maybe, just this once, I won't see you in court Monday. Maybe you'll take the day off and spend it in a bookstore, or at the beach, or at a movie, or with your family.

HR.


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very heartbroken over the untimely death of Randy Savage. Was a huge WWF (it will be a cold day in hell before I call it the WWE) when I was a kid. Used to watch him every Saturday morning.

Those 80s/early 90s wrestlers were some of the greatest entertainers of my generation. He will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I think of the lives that I have had a hand in saving and the children who will grow up with dads at home. I never get bored of thinking of that or undestanding that the best memorial to any person are the living ones and the ripple effect down though at least one generation.
I only care about the closings that worked and almost only think of the results. HR, it may be time to leave teh courtroom and go teach. Happy In The Trenches

Welcoming the end said...

Oh god. One of those uplifting, looking back on my experiences, life is a gift posts.

Listen. No one reads this blog for that crap. I don't need your daily affirmation. "I'm good bought and damn it, people like me."

I don't need the benefit of your years of experience which have told you that what you once thought was important really isn't, so we should all rethink our priorities and be thankful for every day on this earth.

Like most lawyers, my priorities have not changed since I was 15. Drive a nice car, lay pretty girls, make more money than my friends so I can make them feel inadequate. Everything else I do is merely the means to get to those ends.

Bottom line, it does not matter if the world ends tonight at 6 or if we die individually before the world stops turning. Life is hard and harsh. It is a daily struggle. The world can be ugly, evil, and most people on this earth live lives of misery.

And our time spend here is pointless and absurd no matter you you try to paint it as something more.

Enough, I'm going to eat fast food and try to pick up the 18 year old cutie at the drive through.

Anonymous said...

You do realize that this gives away the fact that you are a male bewteen 45 and 50. But I guess we already knew that ...

Anonymous said...

went to the marlins game and the beach boys were the worst concert i have ever seen. they should just stop performing

Anonymous said...

Let's go HEAT! Rump is wrong!

Rumpole said...

Unfortunately for me 851, you are wrong.

Ok. We're still here. Get ready for monday.

Anonymous said...

1:57 = American Psycho

Anonymous said...

OK. Between 50 & 55. I was trying to be nice ...