As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, it reminds me of what I was taught as a young child, that November is a month when we reflect upon all of the things we are thankful for, and December begins the period of giving and sharing our time, talent and treasure. As I reflect back over the past year and prepare for this big feast of turkey and lasagna (can’t get away from it), I know that first and foremost I am thankful for God and the blessings he has provided to me. While maybe not politically correct to say so in a blog, I feel compelled to share that it is so nice that, no matter what hits me during the year and no matter who is challenging me, I never feel alone. This is a great time of year for those of you who have a relationship with a higher being to re-establish it, rekindle it and perhaps derive the benefits obtained from it.
The next thing I am most grateful for is my family. Having been married for 23 years to the same beautiful woman and having three children who never cease to amaze me, it is so rewarding to always know that I am loved no matter how bad I’m behaving or how much I may have to work in a particular week. With them and our extended family, there's so much treasure in past history and traditions that we are able to share, and that brings true joy to life.
Perhaps though, it is a triple bonus that I have so much thanks for the people I work with. Having the joy of working with Molly Hall and Victoria Collier as my partners in Lawyers With Purpose has been a blessing rarely achieved. Not only are Molly and Victoria so giving of themselves to me and our great staff, but also to the members we serve. I would not be half the person I am without them constantly reminding me of integrity, kindness and joy.
Continuing, my thanks would be incomplete without including the others I work with. As I was reading the Facebook post of one of our co-workers celebrating how much they enjoy working with us, I felt compelled to reply that the pleasure of working with LWP is a function of the people who are there, including the author of the Facebook comment. What a great joy to work with people you like, admire and respect. We are blessed to have a group of people who are so committed to having an impact on not only the legal community we serve, but also the legal estate planning community overall, not just for the purpose of benefiting themselves, but ultimately for the clients who all of us serve every day.
Finally, but not last and absolutely not least, I am so thankful for our members, who consistently trust us to help them grow their businesses, get balance in their personal lives and continue to strive to create the best strategies for the seniors and families that we serve. It is a little piece of heaven on earth to know that, because of Lawyers With Purpose, seniors who are at a very fragile time in their lives don't have to face it alone and in fear.
So as you go into this Thanksgiving holiday, take the time to thank those who have been important to you over this past year, and consider sharing your gifts and talents to make the lives of others just a wee bit better, if only for the moment of your interaction. And if you believe in God, or something similar, take a moment to reconnect and give thanks for the many blessings you have. Thank you for your patronage and I look forward to having a meaningful impact on the communities we serve, together. Happy Thanksgiving.
David J. Zumpano, Esq, CPA, Co-founder Lawyers With Purpose, Founder of MPS, Founder and Senior Partner of Estate Planning Law Center