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Last week, I argued a fairly straight forward Motion in Superior Court. My co-counsel, adversary and the Judge were all women. There were pointed questions on and off the record regarding the case status and the implications of the grant or denial of the Motion. All parties were prepared and passionate and after nearly an hour of argument, the Judge commended all parties for having such a great grasp of the facts and law surrounding the motion.

I left the courtroom in a complete buzz. It was that same buzz that I felt when I participated in moot court during law school that made me want to be a lawyer so bad. It was a buzz that could not be described by words or duplicated with any alcohol or other illicit substances. It was the buzz you get when you’re doing what you love to do.

As I drove back to the office, I took a deep breath, let out a sigh, sat back and said out loud, “This is why I do this.” When is the last time you did something at work that gave you that same feeling? When is the last time that you sat back and said “This is why I do this”? You may have no interest in ever stepping in a courtroom and your buzz may come from completing a real estate closing, helping an individual cope with an impending bankruptcy, or simply hearing a client “thank you” for your help.

Some days are going to be better than others, but when you can look back at these moments where you said, “This is why I do this,” you can keep working with a positive expectation that you will create more and more of those same moments.