I am a deep thinker. I always have been since I was a child. Lately, I feel like my career has not given me what I set out to achieve. I went into the legal field because I wanted to make a difference, and that is why I enjoyed the defense part of it. When people think of the law, they think of the party who says it has been wronged, they never think about the party being accused of the wrong. I always have felt that everyone deserved a defense, not because everyone is innocent, but because people’s intentions aren’t always bad. For example, doctors become doctors to help, and they set out to help every patient. They can’t always help every patient and doctors aren’t always right. It does not mean that they don’t try each and every time, and yes, sometimes, mistakes are made. That does not make those doctors bad doctors, it makes them human. If you look at defense work from that perspective, that’s when you realize that not all plaintiffs are wronged by the parties they sue.
When I look at my career lately, and I look at the state of the economy, I feel sorry for people who get sued or even the ones doing the suing. People are losing their homes and jobs on a daily basis and it is nobody’s fault. This is the reality of the America we currently live in. As Americans, we have changed how we perceive success. For me, I am just happy to have a roof over my children’s heads and food on our table. I am happy that the financial woes of last year are just a memory. I am happy to have an income to provide for my family and that my husband and I are both employed.
Why has the American dream come down to this? What happened to the competitive America our nation once was? We used to be an example for the rest of the world. America used to be the place every immigrant wanted to go to and every foreigner envied the American dream. I know that each of us determines our success at some level, but the holidays are fast approaching, and it saddens me to see so many families struggling. It saddens me that so many have lost homes, jobs, and their American dreams.
I know that many of us take for granted the simple things that we have, a roof over our heads, food on the table, and loved ones, but I choose not to forget the storm that I had to brave for the last two years – a storm that has finally allowed me to see in front of me. I don’t sit at the same table that celebrities or politicians sit and I probably never will, but I have changed because of the long storm I weathered. The biggest lesson I took with me as the storm calmed was how grateful I was for the simple things in my life. I learned how to be practical in order to hold on to those simple things.
I am thankful for so much, but mostly I am thankful for my family, the roof over our heads, the warm heat in our home, and the food on our table. I can’t ever take those things for granted and as much as I wish I could reach out to every family that is struggling, I know that all I can offer prayer. I hope that those prayers enough.
What are you thankful for?