Today for the second time in the past week an attorney I work for is prosecuting a case in front of a jury. The last one was a homicide case that lasted three weeks and ended in an acquittal. Seriously.
Today we start again with another case.
I think the hardest part of working at the prosecutor’s office is the constant exposure to everything nasty that people do to each other. If I never have to see another beat up victim of domestic violence or look at another autopsy photograph I would be so cool with that!
On the flip side it’s totally rewarding at times to be working putting bad guys behind bars….when you have moments of feeling like you are really making a difference and helping out. I honestly don’t think I could work for the defense side of things though. Seeing what I see and knowing what I know…there is a whole lot of ugly in the world.
I went to a conference last week and some of the topics were Child prostitution, Gangs, and undercover work. Super interesting….the guy who spoke about undercover work had been undercover with the Hell’s Angels for a long time and his stories were really interesting. I also know more now about prostitution then I ever thought I would or needed to know….it’s scary the statistics that come along with stuff like that. But the only common thread with all of the girls that ended up on the streets was this. Low self esteem. Seriously….if we can give young girls nothing else lets give them the knowledge that they are powerful and wonderful and loved.
I know that this is kind of a downer post so I promise to be back with something happy soon and I will leave you with this quote.
Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”