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Thank You, I Feel Better

My father wrote letters
Is The Pandemic Really the Twilight Zone?

What should have been an easy plane ride turned into a roller coaster. A bumpy ride would not describe this trip.

I met with a client this week, who to say the least, was down and out.

The Pandemic has cost him a great deal of money as his business was shuttered for weeks. His young kids were home, and his wife was in need of a personal chef, as her cooking chores now seemed endless.

We discussed certain strategies that could get his business back in the loop, and as we talked, I could see his breathing seemed to be calmer, and his nervousness was disappearing. He became more alert, and it seemed, at least for the moment, his hopelessness and despair, was slowly ebbing.

Wow, am I a charmer……am I some great mind, magician who can scare away bad vibes and Karma? For a moment I thought that in my next life I should become the next great mentalist and appear on the reality show of the future with my new act….”The Great Baer.”

As with all day dreaming, reality set in, and the moment was over.

I did some thinking as to what happened to the client, and what had I done. The answer was simple, for the moment I just made someone feel better…. a kind word, a sympathetic touch of his shoulder as he shook my hand….no magic, no spells, no great mental feat, just simply a kind, reassuring gesture.

The late Presidents, Reagan, and Roosevelt made people feel better…they had a knack of knowing when people just needed a reassuring touch or word. My father had that same knack. A Doctor for 50 years, he had this calmness that made you feel better.

I remember many years ago, my father and I took a plane trip, to see his brother, my uncle. What should have been an easy plane ride turned into a roller coaster. A bumpy ride would not describe this trip.

Flight attendants could not keep their feet, trays flew up into the air, and you could hear some weeping and praying.

I sometimes think of myself as a “tough guy”, able to handle all things at all times, but this day, made me doubt my “Superman” persona, and then something happened… my father without saying anything, touched my leg with his reassuring manner, and I felt a calmness come over me. He didn’t have to say anything, but I felt it. He knew what was going on and he just did something to make me feel reassured that this was not going to be my last day here….it is the real magic when you see what happens.

Ok, so what’s my point…. We have been living for many months on a very bumpy “plane trip” …. we’re all tense and upset, nervous at what could happen next and when will it happen. Let’s all find a moment to either reassure ourselves, or reassure someone else that this is not an end, not a result of “sinful” living, but just a bump in the universe that will pass…. then watch the reaction when the calmness reappears.

Take my advice for what it is……It’s just as I see it.

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About the Author: Leonard F. Baer

Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000. Leonard is a Guest Contributor of The Silver Life and has recently launched a new service called SuddenlySolo1 -

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