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December 16, 2010

Inertia by Denise Menton

As I mentioned in my last post, a few weeks ago I attended the live webcast session of Debbie Epstein Henry’s presentation Law and Reorder. For those of you who didn’t catch it, I highly recommend going to the Committee archives and watching it. It’s full of very useful information for people who are transitioning in and out of law from a wide variety of backgrounds. I’m not going to reiterate what she said here, because that would be pointless, but one thing she said really stood out for me.

Debbie said that it’s really important to get up and get out of the house. Last year, my teenage daughter gave me a book by Haven Kimmel called She Got Up Off The Couch. I’m sure it was some kind of hint. It’s an excellent book, by the way, and Haven Kimmel is a very funny writer. Her mother had basically sat on a couch for years, ate, watched TV, and gained over a hundred pounds. One day, to everyone’s surprise, she got up off the couch and went to college. She ended up as a Professor of English Literature. And became thin. Debbie discussed this issue in her webcast-not the thin part- but the importance of getting up, getting dressed and getting out. You can’t let inertia take over. Get a volunteer or pro bono job, or a temporary job, if you can. Do something, anything. I’ve found that to be true in my current situation. Instead of writing at home alone, I drag myself to the Writers Room on Astor Place in New York City. It’s a place where writers go to write. There’s no talking or cell phones allowed, but it feels like an office, and I feel like I’m going to work. If I need to make a phone call to talk to someone, I go to the “telephone room” and if I feel hungry, I go to the “lunchroom” where I eat my brown bag lunch. And sometimes talk to people. If fact, I’ve already made a few friends there. A lunchroom is an excellent place to meet people and network. And, most excitingly, they’re even having a holiday party! So it really does feel like a “job.”

So even though it’s twenty degrees outside, I'm trying to get up and get out of the house. I pretend I have a real job. It helps.

If anyone has any thoughts or stories to share, please comment on this blog! But, put something in the subject line like: “Hey Denise, I have some thoughts about inertia…” That way the comments stay out of the spam folder!

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