If You Knew My Story...
We are proud to sponsor a one-time FREE performance of The Actor's Charitable Theatre's production of Broadway's Bright Star, inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickel, on Sunday, July 25, at 4:00 p.m. at the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa, and you are invited!
Bright Star is aptly named. Its music and story are powerful and moving, funny and poignant, stirring and contemplative. But you may have missed it on Broadway. It debuted six months after another show, which was also based on a true story, began to hit its record-setting stride, stealing most of Broadway’s usually ample limelight. That show was about one of our founding fathers. Perhaps you saw it instead? I did. Ironically (given its name and themes), had Bright Star’s timing been better, it would have surely been more successful. Can’t we relate?
Bright Star’s opening number is “If You Knew My Story." Here’s ours.
After 20 years of private practice and then six working for the Governor and the University of Alabama, I left the comfort and security (and generous retirement) of state employment to follow my own bright star. I hung a shingle, and I was fortunate to have more work than I could do. However, less than four months into my new solo venture, all my work evaporated overnight. While it’s good to have a well-paying client with plenty of work for you to do, it’s better to have more than one. There is nothing like losing all of your work to afford you the opportunity (and the time) to focus and reflect, to be proactive and strategic, about your next move.
I decided to focus on what I really wanted to do rather than simply what comes easiest. Finding true satisfaction from life’s work is admirable, but how is it achieved? It comes from a thorough and honest assessment of how you measure that satisfaction. What truly makes you happy? What work do you enjoy, and why? What unique skills, talents, and experiences do you have that enable you to do those things?
I took stock of my life and my life’s work. I loved being a lawyer. I loved lawyers. I was fortunate to have practiced law through many different iterations. I was passionate about the profession. I was disappointed that many were struggling to be as successful as they once were. They (we) were slow to adapt to a more competitive marketplace. So, I set out to do what I enjoyed doing in my practice and to work with others to accomplish the same.