“We have 5 minutes to get to school, sweetie,” I reminded my son as we walked. It was a lovely spring morning, which naturally makes 7 year-olds pretend they are birds. Or bats. Or maybe a pteranodon.
“Whoo-hoo! Five more minutes to fly!” he exclaimed as he used his jacket to swoop around me.
Unlike kids, most of us serious grown-ups view 5 minutes until a deadline as a 5 minutes to review what we haven’t done, 5 minutes until we might fail, or 5 minutes to engage in a frenzy of generally meaningless activity before a useless meeting. We certainly don’t embrace it as an opportunity for 5 minutes of joy or play.
Naturally, you know I’m going to tell you that seizing those 5 minutes for play will help you tremendously in your search for an alternative legal career. There are, oh, about a gazillion reasons why it works, but I’ll just focus here on 1: You give energy to your best, most authentic self when you seize those 5 minutes to play and be joyful. When that part of you gets fed, that’s when the life and career magic can start to unfold.
On the other hand, if you spend all those 5-minute opportunities during your day in states of worry and frenzy, you’re feeding the negativity monster a nice, steady diet. That means it gets all it needs to continue its stranglehold on your life and your dreams of a fulfilling, satisfying career.
Try flying for 5 minutes daily, and see what it does for you.
Jennifer Alvey is a recovering lawyer whose rambunctious 7 year-old continually reminds her what joy is all about. She coaches unhappy attorneys on finding their joy and meaning in life and career. Jennifer offers discounted sample coaching sessions—email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule yours today.