This post comes from the non-Reed Smith side of the blog.
As we noted yesterday, we aren’t much for New Year’s resolutions. But this blogger was recently invited to the home of friends who have a slightly different tradition. On New Year’s Eve, as you leave their home, you are invited to take a slip of paper from a basket sitting by their front door. On each paper is written a random word. What you do with the word is up to you. I was told some people tape them to their computer monitor or tack them on a bulletin board. Others tuck them in their wallets or purses. The idea is simply to contemplate the word. What does it mean? What does it mean to you? Does it make you want to do something or not do something? It is more about reflection than resolution. Maybe that reflection will lead to something positive – maybe not. But we find the exercise intriguing. The idea that just one ordinary, everyday word might have a profound impact. We are only day 5 into the New Year, but having a 5-minute daily time out to “contemplate” has so far been very relaxing. If nothing else comes of it, that would still be a win.
And speaking of wins . . . . let’s talk about Hernandez v. Walgreen Company, 2015 Ill. App. LEXIS 986 (Ill. App. Ct. Dec. 28, 2015). Here a single word made all the difference as well – duty. Actually the lack thereof is what is important. Suit was brought on behalf of the estate of the decedent who died allegedly from methadone intoxication. Id. at **2. Plaintiff sued the decedent’s doctor who had prescribed the methadone for back pain and the pharmacies that had filled the prescriptions. Id.