The dictionary defines “crisis” as “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending, especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.”
This month marks the 30th anniversary of my graduation from law school in May 1982. I passed the bar exam a few months after graduation and received my license to practice law in November 1982. I opened up my own law practice in January 1983. A month later, my second child (Anna) was born. At that time, I was 25 years old.
Earlier this month, I walked into my office and picked up a five-page document that had been placed in my inbox by one of my employees. The pages were stapled together and the first thing I noticed was that only one end of the staple had gone through the stack of papers, while the other end was crushed and clumped together on top of the first page. This was the third time in two weeks that I was given a document that had a staple that was crushed on one end.
Have you ever heard of a “Cafeteria Catholic”? The term was popularized a few years ago when Maria Shriver declared that she is a “Cafeteria Catholic.” Shriver is the wife of former bodybuilder, actor, and governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last week she was publicly humiliated when her husband admitted that he fathered an illegitimate child over 13 years ago. The mother of the child is their former housekeeper. The housekeeper only recently gave up her job of cleaning the Schwarzenegger home, after carrying on her illicit relationship with Schwarzenegger over a period of several years.