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Message from the Director

This early edition of Sidebar is focused solely on the Coronavirus pandemic and tools for staying reasonably sane, calm, and grounded in the present moment. We are all in this together. Please read this full message. Read More

How the Wisdom of 12-Step Programs Can Help Get Us Through April

At first blush, it wouldn’t seem like 12-Step programs could help ordinary people through difficult times. The key is to understand that 12-Step programs are designed to promote emotional well-being, not just physical sobriety. Read More

On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness.

We can “cope” or we can “grow” into greater resilience. To weather the pandemic “better,” look for meaning, not happiness. Read More

The Serenity Prayer

The famous “Serenity Prayer” is used frequently to bring calmness and perspective in times of turmoil, despair, or uncertainty. The prayer works by helping us focus on what we can—and cannot—change. Invariably, the fruit of the prayer is the realization that most things in life are beyond our control. We cannot control—or change—other people, viruses, stay-at-home orders, or the economy, and attempting to do so only leads to unnecessary and unproductive frustration, anger, fear, and suffering. Read More

One Day at a Time

Right now, the slogan “One Day at a Time” is my lifeline. In the midst of this coronavirus crisis, so much of it can feel overwhelming—the fear, the unmanageability, the uncertainty. Read More

Pause When Agitated or Doubtful

It often seems that the "default setting" for working lawyers is "frenetic"—we are champions at multi-tasking. Wheeling and dealing gets our blood pumping and our adrenaline flowing and, while we may sometimes complain about the workload, many of us find it to be part of our identity. And now the courts are closed. Read More

Something to Consider

And I know what I have to do now. I’ve got to keep breathing. Because tomorrow, the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? – From Cast Away (2000)

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