Young Marr - February/March 2020

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I’ll be honest, sometimes this job can feel like “Groundhog Day” if I’m not careful. Don’t get me wrong, working in bankruptcy and disability law is certainly fulfilling — helping people out of some truly desperate situations is a calling I wouldn’t trade for anything on this earth. But when you’ve been in this industry as long as I have, you start to pick up on certain patterns that present themselves again and again. Thus, I find myself relating to Bill Murray’s character in the 1993 romantic comedy “Groundhog Day.” Many people may be familiar with the expression born from the movie’s title, but some may still need a plot refresher. Murray plays a snarky weatherman sent begrudgingly to cover the Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, PA. The following day, he finds he wakes up to find out it’s Groundhog Day all over again, with the same events playing out identically save for his own actions. Hilarity ensues as he struggles to live out the same loop again and again. Unfortunately, the loops encountered by my profession are far grimmer. While I might not literally relive the same day, I see many people caught in similar situations thanks to similar problems. Time and time again, I talk with people facing bankruptcy thanks to medical debt or disability after an accident. Meeting people facing what is often the most difficult situation of their entire lives will never get any easier, even after 35 years of these meetings. The trick is to never grow numb to it. You see, this is not just in the law but also in medicine. When your job requires you to interact with people in dire circumstances, it can be easy to grow cold and detached from those you are there to help. You see it all the time; patients or clients are treated like numbers without proper consideration for their individual needs. This desensitization even happens to our protagonist in “Groundhog Day” itself. After living out many, many loops, Murray becomes laconic, sinking into a deep depression due to his inability to escape his circumstances. He only learns to grow happy with and accept his circumstances once he begins focusing on the good he can do with the day he has. SOMETHING WORTH REPEATING

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Before he even escapes his loop, Murray finds happiness and fulfillment in “Groundhog Day.” He uses his unique powers of foresight to better the lives of the people of Punxsutawney and manages to wake up each new morning energized and ready to do good in the world. For my part, I can say there’s real truth in this philosophy. When people ask me how I get through my day, meeting people in these challenging circumstances again and again, I tell them I live for the end results. I truly believe that when the process is said and done, people feel better about their situation than when they first came into my office. Seeing that relief on a client’s face as their pressures finally dissipate is something I’ll never get tired of and why I’ve felt so fortunate these past 35 years. –Paul H. Young

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