While President of the Hennepin County Bar Association in 2015 and 2016, Kim blogged regularly with random thoughts about her random thoughts. These blogs are being “republished” here in the order they appeared during Kim’s bar presidency. Going forward more Deep (or Random Thoughts) by Kim Lowe may or may not be forthcoming. It all depends on what thoughts pop into Kim’s head (or under her high school hair) during the course of the day.
|Posted By HCBA President, Kimberly A. Lowe, Monday, August 31, 2015
While I was enjoying brunch with friends yesterday at The Wild Onion on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue, Kenny Roger’s The Gambler played on the background music soundtrack. I wasn’t paying attention until the chorus came up and all of us started to tap our toes and mumble these famous lines:
You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
(Full lyrics and video available here.)
You have to admit, it’s a catchy chorus. But more applicable to us, the song tells the story of a cross-generational conversation (on a train) about how to navigate the business of life.While the message is applicable to any “profession,” the concept of the gambler is a remarkably appropriate symbol for lawyers who must navigate make-or-break economic and personal decisions throughout our professional lives. From law school to retirement, lawyers have to make choices that impact their journey through the profession, the practice and the business of law.
Lawyers are dealt many hands throughout their legal careers. They need to constantly be considering whether to hold, fold, walk away or run away. The irony of The Gambler is that the operative word in the lyric is not “consider,” but “know.” As lawyers, we are trained to research and analyze and apply the law and advocate and problem solve for our clients. We are not trained to know for ourselves. We could all use a train ride to nowhere with the gambler who can tell us what we need to know. We could all use that ace that allows us to win every hand. Absent a train, a bottle, a cigarette and a wise gambler, we have each other and the connections that being a member of the bar association provides.