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18 "If we live for others, we will gradually discover that no one expects us to be 'as gods.' We will see that we are human, like everyone else, that we all have weaknesses and deficiencies, and that these limita- tions of ours play a most important part in all our lives. It is because of them that we need others and others need us. We are not all weak in the same spots, and so we supplement and complete one another, each one making up in himself for the lack in another." — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island I have something deeply personal to admit. I need Lawyers Helping Lawyers. I need Lawyers Helping Lawyers because I do not know that at a time of personal stress I won't abuse alcohol. I do not know that if in chronic physical pain I won't abuse painkillers. I do not know that the anxious and depressive aspects of my personality won't reach a tipping point. I do not know that in the twilight of my career my mental faculties won't fail me. Of equal importance, I do not know that a dear colleague or friend won't be in such circum- stances and turn to me for help. My faith teaches that I am to aspire to love my neighbor, which includes colleagues and friends, as I love myself. I am every lawyer, every legal assistant, every judge. I cannot do life on my own. I am not in control. That is why I need Lawyers Helping Lawyers. That is why everyone in our legal profes- sion needs Lawyers Helping Lawyers. Why did we join the legal profession? For many, the answer is because we want to help peo- VIRGINIA LAWYER | April 2014 | Vol. 62 | LAWYERS HELPING LAWYERS Why I Need Lawyers Helping Lawyers by the Honorable William C. Mims April2014VL_vl0414 4/2/14 5:12 PM Page 18

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