Arizona Attorney magazine, the Arizona Bar’s monthly magazine, contains a running column on the last page entitled My Last Word written by a guest author. The November issue’s column was written by an anonymous author with a terminal diagnosis who has been reflecting on his life as the disease has progressed. I thought the following passage was surprising, especially as it hits an important dispute resolution lesson:
My top regret is not having listened better to a whole litany of people – colleagues, opposing lawyers, judges, clients, witnesses, friends, my wife, etc. I often was too busy thinking of what I was sure would be my clever or witty retort or my next question. Other times I was too busy thinking about my problems or worries of the day. I know I could have gained and offered a lot more if i had simply spent more time truly listening.
Anonymous, Arizona Attorney, p. 68 (Nov. 2018)