Getting Down and Dirty

Sometimes the good guys are not quite as good as you thought they were, and sometimes the bad guys are not so bad.  Often it is very difficult to sort out which is which, and you end up wondering what, if anything, can truly be believed or relied on.  That's the way that things have gone since our peaceful Transition Day One last Wednesday. 

Thursday morning critical issues came to light that totally changed the mood of things. While I obviously cannot provide specific details, let me just say that you have never lived until you witness two lawyers going head to head in a contest of wills and egos that will possibly result in lawsuits, and could end up in court.  So much for a peaceful, orderly transition. I guess that was too much to hope for. Now the shit has hit the fan and all bets are off. 

Friday was a blur of behind-the scenes conversations, stop-gap measures and proactive procedures, and as always non-stop phone calls and clients to contend with.  We went home physically and emotionally drained from the stress and upheaval of the week.  Eleven of us spent six hours on Saturday doing non-stop processing of forms to SSA and letters to clients, and this is just the tip of the iceberg of what will need to be done in the days ahead.  My old arthritic fingers were not happy with that extra push, nor is my Fibro, but we got thru it.  For the present time, the owner of our firm will serve as the lead attorney for scheduled hearings for the clients at our branch.  The intent is to hire a replacement. 

I have two co-workers; we need another, and have needed one for some time.  I don't know if that will happen.  I don't know if both co-workers will stay.  I don't know if I will stay, but at the moment I am committed to helping with the transition, as long as our human limitations are taken into consideration and more is not heaped on us than we can possible do reasonably well.  I really don't want to sacrifice my free health insurance, nor the vacation time I earn, to start all over somewhere else, unless it becomes a necessity for whatever reason.  I am company loyal, and I shall try to be.

One of the big issues that has come up since Thursday is what we knew and didn't know.  My counsel to my coworkers is to be honest, tell the truth and nothing but the truth.  That way if we end up in court we won't have to worry about what to say.  If you don't want me to know something, don't tell me. I keep confidences, and I can be trusted to keep them well.  But I won't lie for anybody, ever.

We head into a new week with much trepidation, many balls to juggle in the air, many possibilities loom on the horizon.  My plan?  Take it one day, one hour, and even one moment at a time.  Remember to breathe.  Remember to encourage each other and work as a team.  Tread softly, work hard, and don't let anxiety overwhelm me.  At the same time, draw a line as to what is acceptable and stand firm.  The rest is in God's hands, and I am fine with that.  What will be will be.  Stay tuned.

Please forgive me if I don't always return to respond to comments or comment on your blogs at the moment.  I'm trying to conserve my energy as best I can, for the time being my priority is to take care of me.  Rest assured that I am reading what you write, and will be out and around before too long!  Thank you for your encouragement, patience, and understanding.  Your support means a lot to me!


  1. Josie,
    I think you have the perfect attitude of taking one day, one hour, one moment at a time and doing the very best you can and always being honest. I think your loyalty will be a good example to the firm and to your coworkers. I wish you rest and rejuvenation on your off times. My niece tells me, "don't worry, it's already written in the Book." Sometimes that gives me comfort.

  2. Your first obligation is not to the blogging world, but to take care of yourself and your real life business. It's okay, as we say on one website i frequent, you have amnesty from replying, or even posting, if you want to take it.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers for the boss to be reasonable about what to expect, for a new attorney to be hired soon, and for a fourth colleague to join you three so that all of you will only have a reasonable amount of work to do.

  3. Oh, my, I really feel your frustration and trepidation in all this chaos. We are all in this with you, hoping that everything works out to your benefit, and you will find some peace. God bless.

  4. I think you know where I stand on all this stuff... I am thinking of you and said a quiet little calming meditation for you this morning! I really just want to say that I love the new pics of you and Papa Bear!

  5. As usual I am behind with blogworld and have no idea what is going on here but it sounds unpleasant. If I get caught up I will know what is happening. No need to worry about cyber-friends we understand the time and stress issues. When I talk to you know Who I will ask for peace and calm in your world. Be well.

  6. Of my goodness, Josie, as I learn more, I am more and more impressed with your fortitude I will certainly keep you in mind.

  7. your first thing to take care of - is always you! so don't feel bad about missing our little blogs this week. my husband is actually in court today to testify -- and it's a nerve wracking experience. no matter how many times he has to do it for his job -- it's always a pain.


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