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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 83 LAP NOTES By Derek LaCroix, Q.C.* GRATITUDE Gratitude. What are we talking about? Gratitude is more than being thankful, more than appreciating someone or something; it is more than a feeling and more than an idea. Gratitude includes all those and is more. It also includes action. It is a stance or predisposition to move in the world in an open, kind and generous way. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines gratitude as readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. The Lawyers Assistance Program promotes and supports lawyers helping lawyers. Lawyers helping lawyers is a concept based upon the idea of gratitude. Others have helped us and in return we wish to pass that on and help yet others. The act of helping, done with gratitude, is its own reward. We help without expectation of anything from the person we are helping; in fact the privilege of being asked to help is the reward. Albert Einstein once wrote: A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.1 We live in an affluent area of the world, in a peaceful place. As lawyers we have the blessings of education and a privileged position. We have a great deal for which to be grateful. Individually we have each been helped and treated kindly at some time by someone. I invite you to reflect on those people, those occasions and those privileges. Then ask how can I help someone? What kindness can I do for some- * Derek LaCroix, Q.C., is the executive director of the Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C.


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