It is almost 7:00 PM and I am still in my office. Today has been a busy today and it doesn’t look likes things will let up tomorrow. I have a lot of work to do and seemingly not enough time to get it all done. Challenges exist both at work and at home.
But it is late in the day when I normally get the most done. Probably because it is quiet and I am able to reflect upon the big picture rather than deal with the ongoing issues that demand immediate attention throughout the day.
So on this Monday night before Thanksgiving, I find myself reflecting upon my job as a bankruptcy attorney and the many things for which I am thankful.
Financial Challenges Come In All Shapes & Sizes
In the thirty years plus that I have been helping people with money problems, I never cease to be amazed at the difficulties that people can endure. Good, hard-working people get into financial difficulties that are often no fault of their own. It may be a job loss, an illness, a heart-wrenching divorce, the loss of a loved one, a failed business, or something altogether different. But folks find themselves with financial challenges that are hard to imagine if you haven’t been in these circumstances personally.
Financial challenges can cause emotional problems, marital problems, and health problems. They can become debilitating. Be it pride, stubbornness or simple procrastination, people have often put off facing their financial challenges for far too long by the time they come to see me.
We’re Thankful for Our Ability to Help
But I am thankful that when they do arrive, we are almost always able to help. I am thankful that these good hard-working people become our clients and trust us to help navigate out of the difficulties which they face. I am thankful for the people who I work with that are some of the most talented and compassionate professionals and administrators you will find anywhere.
I am thankful for a bankruptcy system which, although sometimes complicated, allows honest debtors to achieve a fresh start. We have a tremendous bankruptcy court system with judges, clerks, administrators, and other personnel focused on helping people and businesses address their debt problems. I am thankful for all of these people
We live in a country with a big heart. The United States of America treats its debtors with dignity and the opportunity for a second chance. This isn’t the case in many parts of the world so I am thankful that God placed me where he did.
And most of all, I am thankful for my friends (including many of the people mentioned above) and family. The world presents itself with many challenges but I feel blessed to be able to face those challenges with the people whom I have in my life.
Happy Thanksgiving and God bless all of you!
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Brad Botes is a principal of each of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Alabama, and a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He and his team of bankruptcy lawyers have spent over 30 years guiding people through financial challenges. Read his full bio here.