Excerpt from the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Program's COLAP Cafe newsletter, "Looking for a new practice in 2020? Try using the word 'and'", by Jessica Chinnadurai, published on January 22, 2020.
Last January, in a moment of utter desperation, I found myself pacing my apartment in a new city I'd moved to for a job that hadn't yet started and seemed unlikely to ever start. At some point, I found myself standing in front of my tall black bookshelf in my living room.
On it were pictures of friends and family, knickknacks from my travels across the world, and souvenirs and other gifts loved ones had given me. I'd organized my books on the shelves by topic and one section was dedicated to "self-help," including a book titled "Lonely" written by a former lawyer named Emily White and my eye-opening guide on the explanation of adult attachment styles, called "Attached." Also on the shelf was a book I bought in 2017, still completely untouched, which my first therapist at the University of Missouri recommended to me. It was called "Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World" by Mark Williams, a renowned scholar of the practice of mindfulness.
I decided to crack it open. I hadn't been planning anything special to start off my year. So of course my life forever changed from that moment onward.
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