Bewteen the Lines



Happy New Year!

It’s 2020 already? Twenty years ago I was graduating from Oneonta High School. Fifteen years ago I was wearing my cap and gown in Auburn, and six years ago I was a new lawyer. Time sure does have a way of messing with your mind. Are you where you thought you would be 20 years ago? I must admit, I’m not. Now that is not to say I am not happy with where I am, but as an 18-year-old senior I certainly did not see myself hunkered down in Oneonta with a private law practice and two dogs eagerly waiting for 9:30 to arrive each night so I could curl up in bed. I guess I just thought I would be more exciting than I turned out to be.

Expectation versus reality is a kicker. Ups and downs are expected and the thrill-a-minute lifestyle I envisioned is not even close to my reality… and that is okay. The life I have, compared to the life I imagined, is perfect for me.

This year I want to take the time to explore my reality. What I mean by that is I want to be more present. Not always churning forward from one project to the next, keeping up with my calendar notifications and emails. I don’t just want to stop and smell the roses, I want to plant the rose, water it, and watch it grow. I get so caught up in “what’s next” that I miss out on “what’s now.”

2020 will be 365 days like any other year (really 366 since it’s a leap year, but who’s counting). I am going to try my best to do it right in 2020. What that is, I have no clue. We all deserve to give ourselves a little inward one-on-one time, so this year is as good as any to start.

Until next time, I hope you find something new here in Blount County. It’s a good old place to call home.

-Richard Phillips