Society frowns on that kind of thing these days.
For a number of years, I have kept a photograph of the judge with his white beard and in his Santa Claus outfit on our mantle at Christmas time.
I have treasured his notes twitting me for picking on his alma mater, Georgia Tech, and my responses that I would do better in the future rather than risk “contempt of court.”
This was no way for this fine man to end his distinguished political and judicial career and in no way does it di-minish my respect for Judge Nix.
He struck me as a man who didn’t take himself seriously and perhaps he forgot who he was and where he was.
Maybe we all need to be reminded again that it takes only one momentary lack of judgment to impact a lifetime of good work.
Ask former University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans.
The wise woman in my home has told our grandsons that whenever you make a decision – good or bad – be pre-pared to live with it. Perhaps, if we think of the consequences of our actions first, we might be inclined to make better decisions.
Add to this, the plethora of camera phones and the instant exposure available on the Internet and we would all be advised to think before we act. A lot of young people have already ruined their lives with inappropriate photographs and videos that have made their way onto the Internet and which can never be retrieved.
Life is hard enough as it is and we don’t need to make it harder by not thinking through the consequences of our actions, whether we are a judge, an athletic director or just an ordinary citizen.
It just takes one bad decision to mess up our lives. Just one.