Sunday, August 27, 2006

You may be abused if you practice unconditional love.

Practice it anyway.

You may be called ‘submissive’. Practice unconditional love still.

You may even be called ‘coward’.
For example you might have been cheated in a minor matter by a cab driver. If you forgive him without a protest, you are sure to be called ‘submissive’, ‘coward’, ‘passive’, etc. Don’t bother. Just don’t bother.(smile)

Repeat the same if an opportunity arises next time. The act of forgiving is simply empowering. Only the practitioner of unconditional love can feel the peace and joy.

Are you in tune with this so far? Alright, read on. Empower yourself.

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

When you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight;
Bulild anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

I acknowledge with gratitude to Wayne Dyer who wrote some of the above in his book, ‘There is a spiritual solution to every problem’.

Now if what you read above made sense to you, if you have felt something different in your heart, then you are in alignment with your true nature-the nature of spirit and thus you are inspired.

Have you understood?

This blog post is sponsored by simmons jannace & stagg who again fought for justice, when asked by a widow of a man who died in the 9/11 attacks to represent her, in connection with a lawsuit filed in federal court by the attorney who represented her before the Victims Compensation Fund. The attorney sought an exorbitant $2,000,000 as a contingency fee. He filed suit in federal court seeking a declaratory judgment entitling him to his fee.

For those who are not aware, ‘Victims Compensation Fund’ is created for those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attack. The Fund is a no-fault system designed to maximize compensation to the families of victims. Contingency fees by attorneys representing families were disfavored.

Finer legal point:
Simmons, Jannace & Stagg moved to dismiss the federal action, arguing that the Victims Compensation Fund did not provide federal jurisdiction for an action by an attorney seeking to protect his fee.

In fact there was no reported case that upheld jurisdiction under the Fund where the issue concerned a private dispute between an attorney and his former client concerning the amount of a legal fee, thus argued by Simmons, Jannace & Stagg.

Finally, they argued that the federal court should abstain because the state Surrogate’s Court had already begun an inquiry into the size of the attorney’s fee.

The verdict:
*The federal court, after hearing argument, issued an order and agreed that the Victims Compensation Fund did not provide federal court jurisdiction.

*The court also agreed with Simmons, Jannace & Stagg’s argument that it should abstain from exercising its jurisdiction on the grounds that the given the pendency of the Surrogate’s Court proceeding, federal abstention doctrines mandated that the federal court abstain from exercising its jurisdiction unless and until the Surrogate’s Court proceeding was concluded.

*The court stayed the attorney’s action, but retained jurisdiction for the purpose of any renewed applications after the conclusion of the Surrogate’s Court case.
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