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A Monumental Week from the Perspective of a Family Lawyer
I am filled with a lot of hope this week: Monday was Martin Luther King Day, today is Inauguration Day, and the governor of Maryland recently expanded the list of eligible recipients of the COVID vaccines. Every year on MLK Day, I read Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to my children, and it moves me to tears. And, as I await the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden to begin his presidential term, it does not escape me that he is faced with the incredible task of leading a divided nation fatigued by a pandemic, racial tension, and economic downturn. But yet, I am determined to feel hope for the future.
Undoubtedly, the celebration associated with Inauguration Day will look different this week in light of the pandemic and the recent rioting that occurred in the Capitol. In writing this article, I researched how the ceremony has evolved over the years, the oaths taken by the incoming Presidents (and the botched mistakes when reciting the oath), the poems read, and the luncheons, parades, and balls held in conjunction with the big day.
To most of us, the noun, inauguration, connotes the beginning of a new term, but my brief Internet search taught me that this word is derived from the Latin verb, inaugurare, meaning, to take omens from the flight of birds. In ancient Rome, priests, known as augurs, observed the behavior of birds before a new leader was installed into power as a means to predict the future.
During this Inauguration Day, I plan to take a moment to step outside, look up and take notice of the birds, whether they are soaring in the sky, resting on a branch, or singing to one another. Not that I intend to make any predictions about President Biden’s term based on the birds’ behavior, but simply, to assess my own personal and professional goals over the next four years.
When taking in that moment, I plan to also remind myself that life will resume back to normal, eventually, with the kids returning to school and their extracurricular activities, and with my work-life no longer being confined to videoconferencing with clients, colleagues, and the Court. I will also remind myself that the pandemic has some silver linings — concentrated time with my children, no commuting, and spending more time outdoors than I have since I was a child. Certainly, I will incorporate some of those unexpected benefits into my personal goals over the next four years.
For most of us, 2020 was a difficult, if not incredibly exhausting, year. If you are now contemplating a divorce or in the process of a separation, you may find yourself overwhelmed and stressed. I encourage you to take a moment this week, look up at the birds, and think about predicting your own future, and what steps you may take to get there. Getting divorced does not have to be combative and adversarial. With good legal counsel well versed in negotiations and collaboration, you can work toward a divorce in a humane and amicable way. You deserve to feel hope for the future. Please reach out to discuss the many options available to resolve your family law dispute at 410.659.1325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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