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Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Today we have our law firm Christmas party. What that really means is breakfast. Years ago, I used to have a dinner. Then it became lunch. For the last several years it has become breakfast. And, it seems that everyone is much happier because they have the rest of the day free. I think you get it!

One of our lawyers told me that after the breakfast he is heading to a funeral. He said it with a smile. Then, he went on to explain that it was his neighbor who had passed away… at 97.

He had attended the man’s 95th birthday. And, it was a reminder of the importance of enjoying life.

A few years ago, I attended a family member’s birthday party celebration of her 90th birthday. We all went to one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Angus Barn) I leaned over to her and whispered that I was looking forward to coming back right here to celebrate her 95th and she told me she wasn’t sure she “wanted to last that long”.

I have thought back to my conversation that night. A reminder that nothing else matters… unless you have your health.

When presenting damages to a jury, part of it includes a life expectancy table. If a person has a permanent injury, how long does permanent really mean. For instance, a person with a permanent back injury with a life expectancy of 40 years. What is that worth? In context, what would if mean if they could live the next 40 years without that same pain and restriction?

Loss of enjoyment of life is a damage that is listed by the law, to be considered by a jury. It sounds like a general undefined term, unless we show what real loss means.

For Our Blog, I am not going to keep writing about it. But if you and I were sitting down to talk about it, I would ask what you think. This loss can mean different things to different people. I have seen this loss in many of my clients, and then years later, I talk to those same clients, who are still experiencing those losses after the case is over. That is the real meaning of loss!

For pic o’ day, I always try to post something that makes me smile. After a blog that kind of feels heavy to me, it seems even more important for a good pic o’. So, because it is December 1…. this seems like a perfect time to post:



A Charlie Brown Christmas Reminder

     Our Daily Bread ( reminded me that its the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. It made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965, In the special, Charlie Brown is depressed over the commercialism of Christmas.  Lucy suggests that he direct a Christmas play to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Some TV executives wanted Charles Schultz to omit the Christmas story, but he insisted on putting it in. Others felt that it wouldn’t matter because no one would watch the cartoon anyway.

In the cartoon, character Linus recites the true meaning of Christmas by quoting Luke 2:8-14, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

After quoting the entire passage, Linus turns to Charlie Brown and says, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”.

The show was an immediate success. It was rewarded with high viewership ratings and acclaim from critics. It has been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award and it is still shown annually during the Christmas season. The soundtrack for the cartoon went triple platinum. During this time of year I still regularly hear songs from the soundtrack.

Laws can be enacted to remove the Nativity scene from government land and some people can make a concerted effort to only wish a Happy Holiday. Despite all that, 50 years of Charlie Brown still tells us on network television the true meaning of Christmas. No law has stopped that.

And for pic o’ day… maybe too much of a Christmas gift?


And Then Reindeer Cats

Yesterday we emailed our December newsletter. It’s an opportunity to talk about the staff and include a favorite recipe. Admittedly, it doesn’t have much legal stuff.

I hope that you already received it in your email in-box. Just in case you didn’t, you can get it here and subscribe for it here.

And finally, to wrap up the blog for a weekend, here’s a couple “Reindeer Cats”.

R-deer Cat 1


Reindeer Cat 2


A Drive-Thru Blog

A lawyer once told me that the practice of law is “like having five baskets, five snakes and four lids”. What he meant was the same as saying that you have to keep all the plates spinning. It feels real “December-year-end” busy right now.

I suspect that you feel the same way as we head toward the end of month countdown. So, at the risk of seeming like this is just like pulling up to the Drive-Thru blog window, that’s kinda the way it is.  I thought that I would use this introduction as an excuse to just post a picture that I posted last year at the holidays. Yep, this still makes me laugh.

Pic o’ day:

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