A river does not go stagnant in midstream. Why should a lawyer?
What if I plan to bicycle from Maryland to downtown Washington, D.C., on Rock Creek Parkway, but discover a mile down that the whole parkway is completely flooded? What if I realize after a mile that there is a more beautiful and enjoyable path that I had not thought of? Would I stubbornly stick to Rock Creek Parkway? No.
A flowchart is important in going through life, particularly the readiness to refine, update and even radically change the flowchart in midstream.
Too many people I meet are so scared of change — perhaps particularly after struggling to adjust to and understand a previous change — that they can freak out even when their lawyer or other adviser offers a better approach and better advice than the lawyer had presented just a few moments, hours, or days ago.
My early t’ai chi teacher Leonard Kennedy was the first person to teach me to embrace change. One day when we were doing standing meditation, Len said something along the lines of: “How do you deal with change? Do you resist the change? Do you embrace the change?”
As Sun Tzu said in the Art of War (Samuel B. Griffith, translator):
“As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions.” “One able to gain victory by modifying tactics in accordance with the enemy situation may be said to be divine.”