As we look back at the year that just passed, it's important to forgive: to forgive those who have trespassed against us and just as importantly to forgive ourselves of our own sins. A new year is a great time to learn from those mistakes, make a fresh positive start, and resolve to do things in a new or different way.
The field of law -- from the types of legal problems to the parties and sometimes even the lawyers involved -- is characterized by conflict and opposition, and in extreme cases hate. In that environment, there may be a tendency to allow the other side to tear us down, when they focus on 'the frailty of our foam.'
As a lawyer, I promise to work hard toward the goal of justice in every case: the right result based on the facts as applied to the law. But I encourage you to start fresh this year, and forgive, in order to reach the goal of peace.