My work is my life.  It hasn’t always been like this, and it won’t always be like this, but it is what it is right now.  I love my work and my clients, but sometimes I definitely feel that life is passing me by.  I’ve heard many people talk about how we have to find a balance in life, between work, family, and relaxation.  But – there is always something more to be done, something more to be learned, someone’s case that needs attention.

There are the pressures of office management, of running a business which can be oppressive when you just want to be a lawyer.  The knowledge that if you don’t put that extra day of preparation into someone’s case, or if you don’t work through the weekend, someone could suffer because of it.  The need to learn more and become the best at what we do.  And then there’s the fact that I love this stuff.  Most of the time I am working on a case or reading about law because there is nothing else that I would rather be doing.

How does a trial lawyer find balance in his or her life and still strive to become the best trial lawyer that he or she can, and to do the most possible for each client?  Maybe they don’t.   Maybe there is no balance for a trial lawyer.

In looking around the internet I’ve found stories by lawyers who turned to alcohol and drugs to escape the pressures of their jobs and lives, and then found balance out of necessity, in their recoveries.  I don’t see myself going that route at this stage of my life, but I am glad that some attorneys who have been down that road are willing to share their experiences as a cautionary tale.  I also see some articles and blog posts by lawyers talking about how to achieve balance between life and work.  They don’t really give any solid answers.

If life is work, and not always “work” in a bad sense, then maybe that is an answer in itself.  If life = work the equation is balanced?  We just need to throw a fishing trip in there once in a while.

4 Responses to “Balance

  • Someone once said that if you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s the easy part. The hard part is remembering that there are people in your life other than clients and finding the time to take care of them. That’s your balance.

  • What if you could have only one client at a time?

  • If I had one client at a time, there would be periods where I work as much as I do now, and periods where I would find other things to do. There would be more time for preparation and more time for preparation for preparation (studying, learning).

  • When I only have one client, every detail of their cases takes every day and night. Luckily my husband enjoys it too. It is our life.

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