A friend and former legal colleague of mine was announced as a judge recently and will take her place on the bench (in court, that is) soon.
It’s a position with spread and influence for sure, imbued with all the decision making powers that can right wrongs and change lives.
But it can be lonely at the top of the legal tree.
Lonely anywhere at the top, really.
I suppose that any time we get to rarified, or even isolated, places, it is crucial to remember your trunk and your roots.
The sort of life experiences and foundations that took you to where you are now.
In the soon-to-be judge’s case that will include all the clients she battled hard for in difficult situations, who will be looking back at her in the faces of those she must now make decisions for and about.
You will hopefully have your own trunk and roots system to sustain you and call upon, as you spread out and upwards, or merely when you find yourself alone.
” You are not one, you are a thousand. Light your lantern.”
A multitude of hanging lanterns covers a ceiling in Penang, one of my favourite cities.
Spectacular and uplifting (or down dangling ,take your pick)!
If it is not too much of a cultural mish-mash to attach a quote from a Persian poet and philosopher to a Chinese icon such as these lanterns, I’ll tell you why:
Sometimes the world is just overwhelming, and we feel that we are insignificant in the face of it.
But when we project our true selves and passions, we can connect with those around us .Somehow,and this is sort of mysterious, we become “bigger”and grow. As we ourselves are lit up and inspired, we have the power to inspire others too.