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Monday, April 14, 2008

The Verdict: A Balanced Life

It was great to read today of this celebrated Florida Supreme Court justice who is resigning to have more time with his family. This includes his 13 year old daughter who just had surgery for an undisclosed illness. His decision is indeed a rarity - a huge step down from a position of such power, authority and outward respect. It takes a brave man (or woman) to take this step in such a large public way.

Judge Cantero reminds us that the standard American Dream of more money, prestige or even worldly accomplishments is not always the best medicine for your soul. This piece reminded me of a story I heard told by Bernie Siegel MD many years ago where he described how even the most busy people find time to care for a seriously sick family member. Both the caregiver and the patient benefit tremendously from this interaction. Bernie wrapped up the anecdote by encouraging people to live their lives assuming the people close to them were always sick. Not in a depressing way but rather in the spirit of living a balanced life where time for others is as important as time for self.

I wonder how Judge Cantero will balance his life in the years to come. Hopefully, with a fully healthy daughter.

Good call, Judge!


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