Life of Pi


Pi and Richard Parker stranded in the middle of nowhere.

If you haven’t already, go watch Life of Pi. It’s my favorite movie of all-time.  Beautiful.  Thought-provoking.  Inspirational.

Without spoiling the movie, I can tell you that it’s about developing a philosophy of life; it’s about deciding how you look at the world.

It’s loosely based on a true story: Regina v. Dudley and Stephens.  In the real story, four men are shipwrecked in the middle of the ocean.  No rescue in sight.  They’re dying.  Three weeks go by.  No food, no water.  Richard Parker, an inexperienced 16 year old seaman, falls into a coma.  Can they eat him?  Would you blame them?

Back to the movie: Pi tells two stories about what happened; two ways to look at the world.  You get to pick which one you want to believe.

(I believe in Pi’s first story).

Beyond Thinking Like a Lawyer

In law school, they try to teach you to “think like a lawyer.”  But that’s only a small piece of the puzzle of being a lawyer.

This blog is about the other pieces.  I will focus mainly on developing emotional intelligence, mindfulness, calmness, mental fortitude, time management, and other life skills.

Beyond Thinking Like a Lawyer

What am I grateful for?

Today’s skill: gratitude.   

Studies show that gratitude promotes happiness, health, sleep, calmness, longevity, and more.

Taking just a few moments to write down who or what you’re grateful for has immense rewards.

Call to action: write down five things you’re grateful for.

Anything counts.  Your parents, the Universe, memories, opportunities, life, wealth, health.

If you’re a real daredevil, you can try a gratitude visualization.

Goal: Make everyday Thanksgiving.