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Upcoming Events -
LAP Related

November 1-3, 2013
34th Annual LAP Conference
3-Dimensional Recovery:Physical, Emotional, Relational
Crowne Plaza Resort
Asheville, NC
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Upcoming Events - Community Based
(not LAP sponsored; a clearing house of information for recovery related events around the state)

November 1-3, 2013
Men's Matt Talbot Retreat
Blowing Rock, NC

November 15 - 17, 2013
Renewal Center of the South
2nd and 3rd Step Retreat
Leaders: Jesse Sell, Bahama, NC

December 6 - 8, 2013
Renewal Center of the South
Leaders: Tom Melby,
Durham, NC

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Message from the Director

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Sidebar, the Lawyer Assistance Program’s e-newsletter. The goal of the Sidebar is to better connect with our volunteers, clients and State Bar leaders and staff. Read More

Humility and the Recovering Lawyer

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. It applies not only to recovery, but to law practice as well. Read More

David v. Goliath

You live on adrenalin. Health problems develop from the stress. Your personal life, if you have one, suffers. Problems of alcohol and depression are rampant in our subset of the legal profession. After two decades, a public defender asks, "Is it worth it?" Read More

Practice Perspectives

A Decade of The Blues - One Man is Not Alone when he has Friends. Read More

Seeking Serenity - When Lawyers Go Zen

Read Article from CNN

Working Long Hours Doubles Depression Odds

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Something to Consider

At the Pace of What is Real

Stop talking, stop thinking,
And there is nothing you will not understand.

Like most people I know, I struggle with taking too much on, with doing too many things, with moving too fast, with overcommitting, with overplanning. I’ve learned that I must move, quite simply, at the pace of what is real. While this pace may vary, life always seems vacant and diminished when I accelerate beyond my capacity to feel what is before me.

It seems we run our lives like trains, speeding along a track laid down by others, going so fast that what we pass blurs on by. Then we say we’ve been there, done that. The truth is that blurring by something is not the same as experiencing it.

So, no matter how many wonderful opportunities come my way, no matter the importance placed on these things by others who have my best interests at heart, I must somehow find a way to slow down the train that is mine until what I pass by is again seeable, touchable, feel-able. Otherwise, I will pass by everything – can put it all on my résumé – but will have experienced and lived through nothing.

  • Consider three things you must do today.
  • Carefully put two down.
  • Immerse yourself in the one thing that is left.
From The Book of Awakening ~ Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have. Reprinted with permission by Mark Nepo and Conari Press

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