Traditionally we think of November and December as months of gratitude, but it’s just as important to be grateful for everything you have year round. At Cowen | Mask | Blanchard Trial Attorneys, we’re always thankful for those that make our professional, personal, and social lives positive.
You might wonder why we’re posting this article. The reason we’re doing so is because we believe May is the perfect month to highlight gratitude. There are a few reasons for this, including the fact that May is the opposite end of the year to Thanksgiving and we just love the symmetry of that! However, there are a lot more reasons to think of May as a month of gratitude. We’ll talk about some of the events that are happening in May, and why they’re important to us below.
Gratitude for Past Sacrifices
At the end of May, we’ll celebrate Memorial Day. Whether you’re a 5th generation soldier or you consider yourself a pacifist by nature, the fact is many people have died in wars throughout the ages and they did so with a purpose in mind. That purpose was to protect what we have here in our homes and communities and to preserve a hope for the future. That’s what makes Memorial Day so important and why we suggest honoring them by spending time with the people you love.
Service Right When You Need It
May isn’t just about thinking of those who have been affected in the past. May 16th is the start of National Police Week, May 20th is Armed Forces day and the week of May 23rd is National Emergency Medical Services Week. Together, these add up to plenty of opportunities to thank and be grateful for the people whose daily tasks involve making the world a safe and happy place for us to work and live in. As you go about your day, perhaps you’ll have an opportunity to thank one of these courageous individuals who deal with trauma and heartache on a daily basis, so the rest of us won’t have to.
Cultivating Our Future
Finally, let’s talk about the future. An important part of life is passing love and knowledge on to the next generation. There are two main events for your calendar in May regarding this: First, there is National Teacher’s Day on May 3rd. Second, there is Mother’s Day on May 8th. On both these days, it’s important to be thankful for those who raised you and helped you become the person you are today, not to mention those who may be caring for your children or other loved ones. Mothers and teachers don’t all have to be so by physical act or profession, either. So be sure to remember to be grateful for the caregivers and teachers in your lives, no matter what titles they may carry.
Why Legal Matters (and Our Work) is about Gratitude
A lot of people think that lawyers are ungrateful: after all, a lawyer is tasked with doing what is best for their client and in a lot of cases, that means asking for more. However, this misunderstanding is far from the truth.
We – like all law firms – deal with people who are in situations they would never want to be in. Our job is to find justice for those who are unfortunately thrown into this situation and this gives us great insight into how grateful we should be when things are just “normal.”
A famous song goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone,” and at Cowen | Mask | Blanchard, we regularly see how that phrase is true. That’s why it’s important to take stock and remind the people we care about that we’re grateful for them TODAY, instead of waiting and letting more time slip by.
So, in closing, we say thanks for all those who make our lives safer and happier. And to our clients, we say, stay strong, remember what you have, and thank you for trusting us to find justice on your behalf. We won’t let you down.