This new year has gotten off to a real bang! Most everyone I know is scrambling around, and apparently doing their level best to get monumental things accomplished on an immediate basis. This certainly sounds great and productive, but this is pure illusion. Watching things unfold in my corner of the legal world, I’m struck that most times the reverse is quite true. Many of my colleagues are spinning their wheels, and with each spin of that wheel, it seems that things are slipping further behind. What amazes me is that most people never really consider the option of “pacing themselves,” as opposed to trying to get a year’s worth of work accomplished in the first two weeks of a new year. My Dad used to call it “killing snakes,” I prefer to think of it as just “insanity.” In either instance, the sheer volume of contrived emergencies always has a way of working itself out. Therefore, in my latest effort to maintain one “New Year's Resolution” (keeping it simple), I have now decided that, “someone’s lack of prior planning will no longer constitute an emergency on my part.” I have a feeling this one will last all of about .0003 nanoseconds, or until the phone rings, whichever comes first. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.