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A Five-Step Plan for a Miraculous Law Life

by Jay Reeves |

Could your Law Life use a miracle? How about 50 to 100 miracles an hour? 

Well, they’re available now and absolutely free, right outside your window.

The annual Perseid meteor shower – the Best Celestial Event of the Year, according to the American Meteorological Society – is playing now in a night sky near you. The show runs from July to September 1, with peak viewing in mid-August.

The Perseids are chunks of rock and broken asteroids left long ago by the monster comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle – the Mother of All Comets, 16 miles in diameter. Although Swift-Tuttle takes 133 years to orbit the sun, the Perseids return annually for a mind-blowing star turn.

If the prospect of bearing witness to a fusillade of fireballs blazing across the heavens doesn’t get your blood flowing, check your pulse. You may be dead.

But if your heart is still pumping: 

  1. Wait until it’s dark.
  2. Go outside.
  3. Look up.
  4. Try to release – for one blessed moment, at least – all the advocating and arguing and drafting and documenting and counseling and cajoling and empathizing and elucidating and negotiating and mediating and pleading and persuading and demanding and defending and winning and losing.
  5. Be present for a miracle.


Perseids Pointer #1: You Snooze, You Lose

Depending on the weather and sky conditions, the Perseids are visible in the Northern Hemisphere as early as 10 PM. But the best time to watch is right before dawn. Which means crawling out of the sack before sunrise.

But, you protest, I need my rest. The bed is so comfy. It’s hot outside. I probably won’t be able to see much anyway. I can always view Perseids pics online. 

No, no, a thousand times, no! 

Wake up! You’re dozing your Law Life away. One day you will wake in horror and realize years have passed by – perhaps an eternity – and you’re still in the exact same place, doing the exact same thing.


Perseids Pointer #2: Make an Impression

Perseids are famous for their explosive fireballs, which create spectacular tails that remain in the summer sky long after the meteor itself has passed.

How will you be remembered? What legacy will you leave? What’s on your tombstone?


Perseids Pointer #3: You Become Like the People You Hang Around

The Perseids are so named because they show up in the sky near the constellation Perseus. 

Where do you show up? How are you spending your time, and with whom? 

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” says entrepreneur Jim Rohn in The Success Principles.


Perseids Pointer #4: Leave Your Phone Inside

“Simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will offer itself to you, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” (Franz Kafka)


Perseids Pointer #5: Baby, There’ll Be Dancing in the Street

Because the miracle / The true, blue spectacle / The miracle is you.
(It’s a Miracle, Barry Manilow

Space Rock Rhetoric: “Sir, the ones this morning were the size of basketballs and Volkswagens. This one’s the size of Texas.” Billy Bob Thornton, as scientist Dan Truman warning the president of an approaching asteroid in the film Armageddon. 

More Rock Rhetoric: This video will help you remember the difference between meteors, meteoroids and meteorites, courtesy of Miley Cyrus and a classroom of charmers. 

Law Life List: 10 Songs to Watch The Perseids By
(1) Space Oddity, David Bowie (2) Shower the People, James Taylor (3) Across the Universe, The Beatles (4) Eight Miles High, The Byrds (5) Miracles, Jefferson Starship (6) Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, The Carpenters(7) All I Need is a Miracle, Mike + The Mechanics (8) Astronomy Domine, Pink Floyd (9) Miracle, Bon Jovi (10) Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley and the Comets


Jay Reeves practiced law for nearly 40 years in North and South Carolina. He lives in Newberry, SC, home of the world-famous Newberry Opera House, which hosted a memorable performance by Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters in June. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World and runs Your Law Life LLC.




About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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