My concern is that lawyers and other professionals are being unintentionally misled by the pursuit of work-life balance as the solution to professional dissatisfaction and discontent. Work can be structured to be engaging and performed with excellence while experiencing satisfaction and contentment.
“When it comes to our thoughts, the key is to be present wherever you are.”
“[W]hen you are distracted, stressed or worried, just stop, be still and take 3 long slow breaths.”
“When it comes to our actions, we need to be aware of just how we are using our time. We all have exactly the same number of minutes, hours and days in a week, but we can all choose how to use them.”
“Be aware of how you are spending your time – if you say ‘yes’ to something you are saying ‘no’ to something else so be clear on the things that you want in your life – take control of them and make them your priority.”
“Try letting go of ‘balance’ and instead aim for ‘now’.”
Lawyers do need balance by enjoying activities outside of work and having friendships and meaningful family time. This does not mean that lawyers are unable to find satisfaction in daily tasks.
Contributor: Diane Hauser, Esq. Diane Hauser is an attorney at Paisner Litvin, LLP (www.paisnerlitvin.com). Ms. Hauser focuses her practice exclusively on labor and employment law, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, EEO agency proceedings, FMLA, Title VII, ADA and wage and hour issues. Ms. Hauser is a magna cum laude graduate of Villanova School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Villanova Law Review. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia. Ms. Hauser is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.
The following is an article by Fayezeh Haji Hassan which was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 5, 2017.Ms. Hassan graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in June 2017 and now works at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. in Pittsburgh, PA.
Congratulations Robert on receiving the Sir Francis Bacon Award!
Mary Kate Coleman, Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association introduced Robert A. Creo and presented him with the Award on behalf of the ADR Committee at the PBA awards luncheon on May 10th at the the Hershey Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.
During his remarks, Bob recognized and thanked his mentors and ADR colleagues who have provided guidance and support over the years. “No accomplishment or success is a result of only individual efforts and that all awards result from group efforts and community support. This is especially true within the legal profession –lawyers do not practice in a void. Affiliations, connections, and relationships are at the heart of lawyer competency and contentment. The PBA does an excellent job of providing services to its membership and promoting the common good for public benefit.”
“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for the 2018 Sir Francis Bacon Award.” Robert A. Creo, Esquire
Contributor: Jessica Lee Jessica Lee is an American jazz & blues vocalist, songwriter (ASCAP) and recording artist, born in Manassas, VA. Lee grew up in Franklin, PA, studying classical piano since the age of 5. During college, her interest in jazz blossomed after a chance encounter with Paul Jeffrey, Director of Jazz Studies, Duke University, with whom she studied jazz history and improvisation and who encouraged her to begin her life-long study of jazz piano, vocals and improvisation. Jessica graduated from Duke University (1991) where she continued her study and performance of music, piano, creative writing and voice, and subsequently graduated from Duke University School of Law (1994) where she studied business and entertainment law.
Jazz Artist Entrepreneur (www.jessicaleejazz.com) & Social Entrepreneur (www.pghgateways.org)