Green with Envy-April’s WOW-From Coffee Hour From Chicklit Power

1st Timothy 6:10

For the Love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have

Strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through

With many sorrows.

Welcome back to our monthly WOW, aka, words of wisdom and weapons of warfare! Grab your coffee and come on in. I’ve been waiting to share this part of the true story with you for some time! 🙂

A couple of weeks ago, I returned to one of my favorite law offices for a case that had started back in December. I was happy to be working and working with this particular client; however, I wasn’t looking forward to reporting this particular case, especially considering how contentious the first deposition had been.

The videographer read the case, asked everyone to introduce themselves, and for me to swear in the witness. I boldly reminded the witness to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in this proceeding, as you shall answer unto God.” He stared me in the eyes and said “I do.” If he really did is not up to me to judge.

There were four defense attorneys and the deponent on one side of the table, and my client and another attorney from the firm on the other. Don’t get me wrong; my client held his own, and in a much more professional fashion while the other side shot useless and obstreperous objections for every other question, preventing me from ever really finding a writing/typing rhythm. I could have sworn I saw smoke coming from my machine! I know I was continuously on the verge of letting some hot air out in my numerous requests for them to please talk one at a time, all of which were in vain!

As the day wore on, my heart grew heavier with the facts of the case: A brother suing a brother – they are twins – the one testifying is very successful in the eyes of the world, has homes in several locations, his kids in good schools and colleges, has formed several companies for which he is executive director and/or president of all of them – we’ll call him Twin1; and his twin, well, let’s just say that his life looks to be ruined, at least right now. He’s broke, living in a one-bedroom apartment with his wife and two kids.

Are you getting a picture of a see-saw completely stuck with Twin1 on top and Twin2 on the bottom? Yeah, I know, I am, too.

With the passing of testimony, it became clearer to me why there are so many attorneys involved. See, Twin1 had set up several companies, and each company had an attorney. In other words, everyone wanted a piece of the pie, and it’s a really big pie. 🙂 By the end of the first day of this second round of depositions, I still didn’t know why brother was suing brother; all I knew was there is a lot of money involved, and it was as if each attorney was fighting for his piece.

The next morning, I saw Twin1 as I came into the building. He was obviously waiting for his attorney. We began to talk, small talk at first and then he brought his brother into it, sharing with me the abuse they endured as kids, and how all of his family is just “out there.” I boldly asked him, “How did you turn out so normal then?” To which he replied, he was lucky; he has a good wife, they have a dinner every night as a family, pray together . . .” I interrupted him. “I knew it! You’re not lucky; you’re blessed, incredibly blessed.” Believe it or not, it was at this very moment that I completely and utterly understood being green with envy!

Join me tomorrow and I’ll explain what I mean.


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