The -spire words have always sounded like music to me. That root "spire," meaning breath, makes the words containing it soft and bold at the same time. Conspire, expire, inspire. When you say them, you can elongate their endings so the words last for a while; you have control of when these words will end. Not so with words like thud or jug or rob. To me, inspire is an especially appealing word in both sound and meaning. For that reason, I was drawn to article about the "Law Inspires . . ." seminar series created and sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association.
Bar president Barbara Zoccola chose the theme for the year-long series of luncheon programs.
"I chose the theme because law does inspire," Zoccola said last year when she first became president of the MBA. Almost one year later, that theme - and the seminars which it spawned - has come full circle in confirming that seed of thought.
Zoccola added more about her motivation for choosing the theme.
"I chose the Law Inspires theme because I think that law inspires us to do great things out there, and in turn, we're inspired by the law to do great things as lawyers," said Zoccola . . . .
She talked about her own professional inpiration.
When it comes to her own practice, Zoccola said the law inspires her in many ways - but mostly, she is inspired by her colleagues in the legal profession.
"I am inspired by the excellent lawyers and judges who devote much of their time to public service and improving the profession through diversity and making sure the lawyers and judges are heard with their voice in the profession," she said.
I plan to make "inspire" my word-of-the-day for this first day of December. I am sure with that focus I will see some inspiring deeds and hear some inspiring words, and maybe think some inspiring thoughts. Say "inspire" with me and let your word last for a long time. Be inspired out there.