Judicial Notice with Mary E. Fairhurst
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst On Making a Difference
Published in 2016 Washington Super Lawyers magazine
on June 10, 2016
Updated on October 3, 2019
You are important. Your life is important. You are here at this time and this place for a reason. You make a difference. You get to decide the difference you make. Some matters you don’t get to decide or control, while some matters only you decide and control. Every role you have ever had or ever will have—child, sibling, relative, friend, student, spouse, partner, parent, teacher, lawyer, client, mentor, mentee (you’ll think of some more)—you have for a reason, and you get to decide how you are going to be in that relationship. Life happens; events happen for reasons you understand or don’t understand, and you get to decide how to respond, what lessons to take from them.
Your life is full of choices, opportunities. Every moment, you have a choice. How will you approach it? From a place of love or fear? From a place of abundance or scarcity? Will you be life-giving or life-draining? Will you bring positive or negative energy?
Only you get to decide what kind of person you are going to be. Only you get to decide what kind of lawyer you are going to be. Only you get to decide what kind of difference you are going to make. By your actions and reactions every day, you are writing the eulogy that will be given for you someday. Sure, there will be better days and worse days, but you want to repeat and improve your better days and forgive and forget your worse days.
You don’t know how long you are going to be here. But you are here now. In this place and this time. Doing what you are doing! Being who you are being! Every moment, you get to decide what you are going to do and who you are going to be. Please choose to be loving, full, life-giving and energizing. The world needs you to be your best self. The world needs you to be your best self NOW. Life is short! Show up! Breathe! Be! Live! Make a difference! Smile! Bow! Smile!
Justice Fairhurst has been on the Supreme Court since 2002.