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Jamie Collins

By: Jamie Collins

Why several of my recent blog posts stem from movies, I do not know. But, as I’ve stated on many occasions, I’ll take my inspiration anywhere I can find it! So, the movie genre it is, yet again.

We recently saw “War Horse.” It was a pretty good movie, with a bit of dramatic Hollywood flare, but overall, it had a good plot. There were several points during the movie when two of the main characters, a father and son, would utter a particular phrase during pivotal moments. The kind of moments where you find yourself standing in the midst of a crumble or conquer scenario. I’d like to think that most often, we choose the latter…and we conquer. We pull ourselves up to our full height, and we tackle it, whatever it may be, with full fury and all the ambition expected of a person (and more importantly, a paralegal) about to embrace a herculean feat. However, it is often in the crumble moments when we catch a small glimpse of what we’d rather not see, and feel, what we don’t want, where we don’t want to be, and certainly a place we hope not to return to again….at least not anytime soon. You know the moments; the ones when you fail, forget or otherwise falter. We all have them.    

The fateful line which was repeatedly uttered throughout this particular movie was “There are big days, and there are small days…which will it be?” What a terrific question! Perhaps one we should all stop to ask ourselves each and every day that air continues to fill our lungs and our feet still manage to hit the floor (hopefully wearing two matching shoes), to carry us to our respective law firms for one more day of legal bliss…or at least, so we hope.

I would argue that big days and small days aren’t really so different after all. They are equally important. The big days are glorious days. They make our list of top life moments; the kind that make your soul soar, your heart swell, and your life expand or change for the better. The kind that show you who you “really” are and what you should be doing with your life. These type of moments help to define who we are, and shape our lives into what they will become. It is the big days that prompt us to seek out more big days. Let’s face it, they’re addictive. They keep us motivated, inspired, and moving forward through life. They allow us to see a small glimmer of who we really are, and what we can and will become. 

Then there are the small days. They are generally what the bigger days are built upon. If it weren’t for those small, seemingly insignificant days, we would never make it to the “big” days. You see, it’s the years that we spend in a family, a classroom, in training, a school, a community, an activity or a law firm that elevate us to those really big and fabulous days. We stack all of those small days on top of one another, one by one, for hours, and weeks, and months, and years, until a glorious day greets us in the road of life, and we find ourselves standing in the midst of a beautiful moment, a meaningful memory, and a tremendous person-shaping, life-altering moment, otherwise known as, a really “big” day in your life.  And I mean “big.” Change your life, tell your friends, pack your bags for the city of success kind of big, because it’s a really big day – and it’s yours – all yours. You earned it. You built it upon all of those seemingly small and insignificant days. Turns out, they weren’t really so insignificant, after all.

So in the end, my friends, it all comes down to this. There are big days and there are small days… which will it be? I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t really matter – big day or small day. Both kinds of days that will help to transform you into the person you are truly intended to be on this planet, in the paralegal world, your family, community, law firm, and life. There is a coveted spot for you, here and now, and the proof is in the fact that you have another day – a big or small day. One more.

If you have air in your lungs and the ability to carry yourself into that law firm for yet another day of fun, it’s a big day…and even if it isn’t….who cares? It will be an important, small day…the one that your next “big” day will be built upon. 

Crumble or conquer? The choice is yours.

And so is this day.

“[Today] is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” 
  – John Wayne

“Optimist: someone who isn’t sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy,
but is tickled silly just to be in the play.”
– Robert Brault

“To find success: go where others won’t go, do what others won’t do,
and be what others won’t be.”
– Chucke Cote’

“Do one thing…imagine it…see it and live it. Don’t think it up laboriously, as if you were working out mental arithmetic. Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yourself into it.”
– Ted Hughes

“I will believe in my ability to do what needs to be done, and I will figure out a way to do it.”
– Linda Picone

“Wherever you are – be all there.”
– Jim Elliot

“This could be your last ‘today.’  What will you do with yours?”
– Jamie Collins