We Only Get One Bite of the Apple

There is a legal doctrine called res judicata. It means that a matter that has been adjudicated by a competent court may not be pursued further by the same parties. This is referred to by most legal scholars, law professors, attorneys, and judges as only getting “one bite of the apple.” The principle is that although the judicial system affords everyone their “day in court,” the strict rules prevent multiple, repetitive lawsuits because society has determined that they serve little useful purpose.

This is comparable to every single aspect of life where you only get “one bite of the apple” — everything after that one bite is secondary, not as meaningful, and serves little useful purpose. We have only one chance to make a great first impression. It could be a first meeting with a new acquaintance, in business, a job interview, in relationships, the response to a question that provides the foundation of trust. In love, it could be the living of a life’s commitment to another. In decision-making, it could be that one choice that could change your life forever.

The lesson is simple and profound – if we only have one bite at the apple… only one precious bite… make it one magnificent chomp: one taken with careful and thoughtful preparation; one reflecting everything we stand for, our principles and values; one that states to the world we are giving it our all, our very best… always. Take those bites. Make them bodacious; make them magnificent… knowing that there is no second chance.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to We Only Get One Bite of the Apple

  1. Thank you for this one Mike. Great reminder.

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