I had a trial last week that I really thought we should win. The evidence was against us and most would say that winning was not probable. The argument came with the way in which the evidence was obtained. In order for the evidence to be admissible and considered, it must have been obtained in a lawful search. This particular search was not done with permission of the defendant and it was my contention that the evidence should not have been admitted. My contention did not turn out to be the same contention as the Judge’s contention. Judge wins.
I argued it passionately and with sound legal reasoning. The judge even acknowledged that the argument was valid. Sometimes, however convinced we are that we are right, the end result just doesn’t go our way. There are appeals, but those run out eventually and an appeal wasn’t prudent in this case (nor was it the desire of the client). Sometimes, we just have to bite the bullet and submit to the authority of the Court with “I did my best” all that we have left.
That kind of submission is not easy. It’s not actually submission if we decide to bad mouth the judge, complain about the police officer and maintain a puffed up posture of absolute surety that we couldn’t have been even a little bit wrong. Submission is a condition of the heart, not a physical reality of coming under authority. In order to me to actually submit to the Court’s authority, I have to admit that the Court’s authority is legitimate and accept the outcome without slandering or undermining the people acting in that authority.
Submission is a decision to yield to a person or position of authority regardless of our own perspective of how things should go. The decision is based in humility. That humility is based in accepting that we cannot possibly enjoy every advantage of the perspective that comes with the authority.
A humble submission to authority actually promotes those that choose to submit. People respect the disciplined individual that carries themselves with enough confidence in their identity to allow another to win. The recognition of that kind of integrity often opens doors for the humbled, submitted individual which might not have come otherwise.
There is a time to prepare fervently and a time to fight passionately. There is the right time and place to charge with all that we have towards the objective. There is also a time and a place to yield. With the yielding, there is Peace. The Peace comes from a trust that the Authority will ultimately ensure Justice. The Peace comes from knowing that a healthy submission to rightful authority prepares for greater levels of responsibility. Promotion follows submission, and submission is only possible with a humble heart. Therefore, a humble heart is the greatest career attribute we can seek to develop.