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Tips for the New Year and Beyond

As you go into the New Year, I wanted to encourage you with one last post from 2014.

(1) Be you. This is not to say that we don’t all need to grow as people because everyone should develop into better people and learn from their mistakes. I simply wanted tonew-year-n-beyond encourage you to be who you are. You are unique and you should embrace your “uniqueness.” Go into the New Year being yourself, i.e. your best self.

(2) Be kind. With so much hatred going on in the world, we could definitely use a lot more kindness. (Despite the rose-colored glasses that some people may have on, hatred is very evident in the comment boxes of various news articles, videos, etc.) Even on social media, people have chosen to forget that there are actual people behind the profiles. Remember that just because there’s a screen in front of you, doesn’t mean you get to disregard people’s feelings. You may not always agree with a person’s views or actions, but that does not mean that you have to be a jerk about it. People are hurting and because of their hurt sometimes they develop a cold heart towards the world. Don’t be overtaken by hurt, but be kind to others. An encouraging word, a smile, and a kind act go a long way.

(3) Be more compassionate. Egos are getting bigger. People are so focused on “me, Me, ME!” Let’s flip that and begin to turn our focus towards others more. People always say things like, “I feel . . . .” Well, do you ever take time to think about how others may feel? Do you ever consider other people’s feelings or concerns? Do you ever consider other people’s experiences, or do you only value and trust your own? Have some compassion. Don’t be insensitive. It’s not always about you. You’re not always right.

(4) Learn to listen. Everyone’s shouting, but no one is listening. Learn to listen more and hear people out. As my father would say, “You might learn something!” At the end of the day we can agree to disagree, but don’t insult someone’s intelligence by claiming to have dialogue with them when it’s really just you talking over the other person trying to get YOUR point across.

(5) Finally, learn to be more appreciative. A thank you also goes a long way. This year has been a great journey, and I am so grateful for all of my blog readers! I wish you all the best on your future endeavors, and thanks so much for letting my voice be heard! I look forward to posting more inspiring blog posts in the future! Again, THANKS!

Hope these tips help you not just in the upcoming year, but for many years to come. Happy New Year, and happy jurist journey!

If Life were a Video Game (Part 1: The Extra Man)

I don’t play a lot of video games, but I love Super Mario. It’s a classic! It’s so exciting to see Mario fearlessly go from level to level on a mission to save Princess Peach. If he messes up on the way, no harm done because he’s got an “extra man” and he can pick back up where he left off.

For those of you who may have been video game deprived (or even worse, never experienced the awesomeness that is Super Mario. Gasp!), an extra man is basically “another life.” If Mario makes contact with an enemy or takes a nasty fall, then the level will use his “extra man” to start that level over again so that he has another opportunity to complete it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life played out like that? Wouldn’t it be nice if EVERY time we made a wrong decision, we could start that exact same level over again? (Sometimes we can, but not always.)

Wouldn’t it be nice if every time life brought us a challenge we didn’t want to face, we could use a special star that would make us invincible to go through problem areas unscathed? That isn’t life. We hurt. We bruise. We stumble. We fall. However, like Mario, we can use our mishaps as lessons of what not to do the next time.

Life is full of so much pressure. One decision, one mistake can change everything, and that can be scary. However, sometimes the decision can work out for the better. (Like when Mario has fire flower power and opts to shoot fireballs at his enemies rather than jump on top of their heads.) Sometimes you’ll sail through life’s levels, and sometimes you’ll mess up a few times before you “get it right.” But another tragedy is if you don’t try at all, you’ll never know. Don’t do yourself a disservice by never trying. You may just be an incredible success just waiting to happen. Happy jurist journey!