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Posted By Cliff Tuttle | March 1, 2010

Today is March 1, 2010 and this is post No. 400 on Pittsburgh Legal Back Talk.

Most blogs don’t make it to 400 posts. Its a lot of work.  Its a lot of time that could have been spent doing something else. So why?

It brings happiness.  That’s why.

Lawyers are reputed to be an unhappy lot.  Many of us are withholding happiness until some stated goal is attained. However, and here’s the catch, when we start to get close we’ll sneak out in the middle of the night and move the goal posts.  If you won’t allow yourself to be happy until you reach some goal, you will never be happy — ever.

Writing this blog lets me be happy, at least for part of the day, right now.  That’s why I posted the last 399 times.  That’s why I’m doing it now for the 400th. Pretty simple, huh?

It has also helped me be aware of other things that bring the same feeling.  They can be as simple as watching a favorite television show with my wife. Or listening to Mozart.  Or taking a walk with the dogs.

Happiness can be purchased a la carte.  It isn’t an all or nothing proposition.  It is a state of mind, a transcendental state of mind. It is so close that any of us can reach out to easily touch it. All we need to do is be aware, be mindful. It does  not even require an absence of pain and suffering. Victor Frankel observed people experiencing happiness in a concentration camp.

In my case, with apologies to Charles Shultz, happiness is a warm blog.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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