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Both my cell phone and my land linewere ringing, the latter’s messagelight blinked, three people stoodoutside my office door each with an urgentinquiry that needed immediate attention,50 e-mails sat in my inbox unread, 50 or somore were marked read but had notreceived a response, and I had promised todevelop a legal strategy to deal with a particularlythorny problem that was underminingthe client’s mission. I felt I wasunderwater, unable to breathe, but if Icame up for air I would be washed away.

Even so, I was coping.

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