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May 6, 2011 - Phyllis Sigal
We make lots of decisions in our lifetime. Heck, we make lots of decision in a day .... what to wear, what to eat, what to do, where to go.
Some decisions are made for us. What our name is, for example. How tall we are. What color our skin is. Some of those decisions are changeable. (We can petition the court for a new name.) Others are not.
Some decisions are very easy. Some, we ponder for weeks ... or longer. Some decisions are so difficult that they are never made.
And some decisions are "brave," according to Paul Tucker, a board member of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He made the comment at a recent symphony gathering at his home as he introduced violinists Charles and Rachel Stegeman, the evening's featured entertainment.
He noted that some 40 years ago, he had a decision to make — music or law school.
He chose law school, and pointed out that it was Charles and Rachel who made the "brave" decision.
"Any idiot can go to law school," he said.
Of course, we know that's not true. And, the room held quite a few "idiots" that evening!
But Paul's point was that it's not easy to put yourself out there, to trust your talent enough to make a living at it.
It takes a certain strength to let others see, hear, criticize you.
It takes guts to do that ... of course it takes guts to put yourself out there in many jobs and professions ... even you lawyers!
So, to all you out there who have made the "brave" decision, whatever it may be, congratulations. Good luck.
And keep at it. You'll never regret it.
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