Welcome to Tuesday of Well-Being Week in Law.
Before we begin, how about a nod to Disciplinary Counsel’s well-being? Happy Birthday Sarah Katz!
Today’s focus is Spiritual Well-Being, with the cue being “Align.” The goal is to consider how we can “foster a sense of meaning and purpose in all aspects of life” so as to “align life and work to serve your values.”
Last year, I posted this video on Spiritual Well-Being. I tried to make three points.
- “Incivility is corrosive” in the profession. It causes stress, anxiety, and burnout. In turn, these corrode a sense of meaning and purpose.
- Supervisors should strive to ensure that those who work for them feel a sense of meaning in what they do.
- Younger legal professionals should remember Future You. Not every task is what Younger Me expected I’d be doing once I began my career. Some feel meaningless. But every task I complete matters to someone. Most importantly, Future Me is far more likely to find meaning in my future work if I invest in myself now. And treating every task, no matter how small, as if it is the most meaningful is a form of investment.
I’d love to learn how others strive to find meaning & purpose. What are your thoughts and strategies on how align your work and professional live? Today at noon, I’m hosting a Zoom meeting. Everyone is invited. It won’t be a lecture, but a discussion. The link is here. Please consider joining!
In the meantime, here are resources on “Align: Spiritual Well-Being” from the Institute for Well-Being in Law.
- Identify & Reconnect with your core values
- Take an “Awe Walk”
- An article on how to incorporate spirituality into work
- A video in which other legal professionals share how they strive to align work & values