By Quinton Lister, legal assistant
The old cliché of “Every end is really a beginning” has had me thinking the past couple of weeks. I think about phases in my life and the lives of others. Whether it is death, retirement, or even divorce, often those things that seem to mark the end of something really lead to the start of other, new things.
Divorce is an end, and there is no denying that. I think more importantly though, and I speak from what I have seen being a legal assistant to a divorce attorney, that divorce can be a moment of clarity that helps people move forward (if people will let it).
Some people let divorce tear them apart and lead them to more mistakes, others allow/make divorce a means of finding out who they really are and what they ought to be doing. “It’s not what happens to you but how you respond that defines you” (one good cliché deserves another).
Seeing so much divorce has taught me that I want to act instead of being acted upon. It can be hard to recognize when we are reacting instead of being proactive (thank you Stephen Covey), but the reward is that much greater to those who choose proactivity over reactivity. The same hammer that shatters the glass forges the steel.
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