I woke up this morning with this famous Disney song running through my head. See for yourself how infectious “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” can be here in a clip from Disney’s Song of the South. Regardless of pedigree, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” expresses profoundly the simple joy that can be found in a wonderful day as well as in a satisfactory vocation.
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Mister Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actch'll
Ev'rything is satisfactch'll
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!
Sometimes I just LOVE MY JOB!
I realize this might all sound more than a little Pollyanna-ish, but on more days than not I think there are no better jobs than mine.
While the business of law can be stressful, the actual practice of law is very satisfying intellectually. Put most simply, clients pay me to think hard about complicated legal issues that involve multiple and layered business realities, goals and concerns. My brain puzzles through applying various and multiple areas of the law to solve complex problems on a daily basis. So while it has its pressures, the large firm private practice of law provides the best opportunity to do what I love on a regular basis and get paid for it!
I find immense joy in things that are puzzling. Far more joy than I ever imagined 20 years ago when I was in my first year of law school at Boston College fretting about final exams in Torts, Property and Contracts. I could not have imagined my future self waking up in the morning excited about a day of noodling, humming about blue birds on my shoulder.
So to bring my Disney movie/musical adventure forward several more decades and maybe be relevant to a newer generation of lawyers, when I woke up this morning Buzz Lightyear’s charge “To infinity… and beyond!” also popped into my head right next to a little blue bird and Hayley Mills. Lawyers, enjoy your job today!