Yesterday Judge Primeaux provided words of wisdom to lawyers on the issue of stress in this post. Here is what he said:

Lawyer, meet stress. It’s your bane, your motivator, your constant companion, your all-too-familiar demon. It comes from clients, deadlines, judges, finances, family and ethics. It visits you on the day the bills are due, the day after those requests for admissions were unansweredly due, at 2:00 a.m., and when you walk in the court room door. It can make you sick, grumpy, sad, drunk, ineffective, inattentive, erratic and even violent. It’s part of the job. Learn to live with it or die.

Translation: rub some dirt on it.

Stress is definitely my constant companion. I was telling someone the other day that I can’t relax and don’t even try anymore. And I like practicing law more than anyone I know.

I don’t know how long that I would have to be on vacation to get to the point where I could relax. But I know that a week is not long enough. If I ever retire it will probably be because I want to try to end the 24–7 stress rather than that I stopped liking the practice of law.