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28th Anniversary Thank You & Thoughts About Our World & Dancing

(Note: Each year at this time Lena writes a special letter to her clients and friends. Below is her latest Anniversary Thank You Letter.)

Dear Friends:

May 1, 2018 marks the 28th Anniversary of my law practice!

Thank you for your confidence and trust. Thank you for sharing your dreams, fears, experiences, and life lessons. Thank you for the wonderful relationships we have established over these years. 

As many of you know, each year at this time I try to write something special as my Anniversary Gift to you.

Thomas Friedman recently wrote “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving In the Age of Accelerations.” Our lives are being transformed at every increasing rates by three forces which are accelerating at once and impacting one another: Moore’s Law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change, biodiversity loss and population growth).

Moore’s law refers to an observation made by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965. He noticed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled each year since their invention. Moore’s law predicts that this trend will continue into the foreseeable future.

During the 28 years of my law practice, I have experienced the exponential increases in computing power and technology. I have observed the rapid changes and impact of technology since Mr. Friedman’s 2005 book “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century.” 

Our future will not resemble those of our parents. The future of younger generations will not resemble our future. For example, advances in technology, biotechnology, and medicine will redefine our lives & our life expectancies.

Thank You for Being Late” shows how the dramatic accelerations of Moore’s Law, Market & Mother Nature interact and how we try to cope with them. Mr. Friedman concludes that individuals, entities, and nations must be innovative, must be quick to adapt, must be prepared to help the casualties of change, and must be slow. Yes, slow meaning adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values. (I think of this every time I visit the Bethesda Hyatt. If you read the book you will understand.)

Mr. Friedman writes about dancing in a hurricane. The following is one of my favorite quotes which is by William W. Purkey:

        “Dance like there’s nobody watching,
        Love like you’ll never be hurt,
        Sing like there’s nobody listening,
        Live like it’s heaven on earth.”

May you & your loved ones superbly dance, love, sing, live & thrive!


© 2018 Lena Barnett & Associates, L.L.C. All Rights Reserved

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