The Wall Street Journal's article "The Secrets of Resilience" is full of observations worth sharing. The article explores the patterns that shed light on how some people's struggles to overcome life's adversities presage their later success. The article captures the resilient spirit in stories of some notable Americans, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey and Louis Armstrong.
Resilience exists across cultures and societies. Its stories animate us in times of great challenge. Winston Churchill, depicted in the Darkest Hour, epitomizes the resilient spirit. The movie ends with a quote attributed to Churchill. Whether Churchill said the words or not they capture the virtue's potent meaning: "Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that matters."
The practice of law calls for resilience. Our efforts on behalf of our clients are continually challenged. I often say that people do not come to us with the easy cases? Why would they? We fight for elders and their families who have been subjected to elder financial abuse. We fight for trust beneficiaries and estate heirs who have been disinherited by the wrongful acts of others who used undue influence or fraud against vulnerable seniors. Again, we say we fight. Wrongdoers do not easily relinquish that which they have wrongfully taken...
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