It warms the cockles of my heart to use the word cockles in a sentence.
Whoops, what I meant was that it warms the cockles of my heart to hear from lawyers on wellness!
I’ve often encouraged lawyers to find time for non-lawyerly pursuits that tend to improve emotional & physical health. One such pursuit: spending time with family.
I can hear you now: “Mike! Family?? Surely you can’t be serious! Aren’t the holidays enough?”
I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.
Last week, the Vermont Commission on the Well-Being of the Legal Profession met. The legal employers committee presented an update on its work. The update include mention of different ways to encourage firms to foster workplace environments that allow employees to tend to their emotional and personal well-being. Or, at the very least, environs that don’t penalize or stigmatize proactive wellness. A thought that emerged: what if lawyers left work a bit earlier every now & then to spend time with family?
The next day, I posted a blog about Judge McCaffrey. Yes, he was committed to helping others. But he was also extraordinarily dedicated to his family. It made me think.
Yes, I’m all about lawyers finding non-lawyerly hobbies. Running, yoga, whittling, a book club, an instrument . . . you get the picture. But, don’t forget family. The hour you spend with family might not be billable, but it’s worth far more than any hour you’ll ever bill.
On that note, a big thank you to Chris Pelkey and Nicole Killoran for sharing family moments!
Anyhow, Chris and his wife, Kristin, ran the Heady Trotter 4-Miler. I failed to notice and, as a result, failed to include Chris in my post that featured pictures of lawyers and our Heady Trotter hats.
No, I don’t have a picture of Chris in his hat. Likely because he never gets to wear it!
Chris reports that their kids have commandeered the hats he & Kristin received. Indeed, if any of you spotted a teenage mutant ninja turtle sporting a Heady Trotter hat on the Halloween Express, it was Chris’s kid! Talk about family wellness!
Nicole and her family make time for what matters by finding adventures on the rivers, meadows, and woods that surround their house. Per Nicole, their adventures include “bugs, turkeys,martens, hawks, crows, deer, wildflowers, and blackberries by the bundle.”
That’s perfect! And perfect proof that wellness need not be complicated. Here are Nicole and her kids on one of their adventures:
I love the pictures that Chris & Nicole sent. Each reflects time well spent. And time well spent is what wellness is all about.