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Stone Mountain Man Up for $100,000 And a Year Off

Attorney Theodore Scott is a finalist in Gold Peak Tea's national search for a deserving person to take some time off.

Theodore Scott of Stone Mountain was going through his spam folder a few months ago when he came across information about a national search by Gold Peak Tea. The image attached to it caught his eye.

It was of a woman wearily leaning over a file cabinet.

“She looks really stressed out,” said Scott, 60, a lawyer in practice with his wife and twin brother in the firm Scott, Scott & Scott. “I got the point. I said, ‘boy, that’s me.”

That’s not the only thing about Gold Peak’s contest that got his attention.

The tea, a Coca Cola brand, is looking to give someone a year off and $100,000  which will let them concentrate on something that means a lot to them.

In Scott’s case, that will be his family -- and his life overall.

Scott is one of Gold Peak's five finalists.  A winner will be announced around Labor Day. Visit Gold Peak's Facebook page to view the finalists and vote.

Scott, who has four grown sons and four grandsons, got confirmation from his wife that he’s burned the candle at both ends for years.

“I never thought of myself as a workaholic. She said, ‘Scotty, you are a workaholic, you’re just in denial.” His sons agreed.

When he entered the Gold Peak contest, he said he felt as if we were writing for men in his same situation or worse, who "let time slip by being a provider."

He’s been reflecting on his busy life.

“Time went by so fast that sometimes I look at my children and say, ‘are these my children? They grew up so fast. Where was I?’ My only answer is, I was busy working. I wish I had taken the time or missed some work time so I could have gotten to know my children more deeply than I did. I’ve got four grandchildren and I say to myself, do I want the same thing to happen with them that appears to have happened with my children?"

“It’s a golden opportunity,” he said of the Gold Peak Tea contest. “If I can win this thing, it is the catalyst I need to make a change, to enjoy my family and my life.”

What would you do if you won $100,000 and could take the year off from work? Tell us in the comments section below.

Check back with Patch when Gold Peak announces the winner.

Pat Deas August 16, 2012 at 02:50 AM
It's nice that Mr.Scott's family and friends admire his work ethic, but I'm wondering if he will allow himself to relax and enjoy himself, having never done that before. My concern for persons like him is their health in the long run. This contest is a great eye-opener about the swiftness of time and what can be lost in the process. It's made me slow down and think what I'd do if i won such a contest.
Nakeida T. Edmundson August 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This is an excellent article!!!!!. Theodore Scott is a good man who doesn't think twice about always giving so much of himself to help others and to make sure others are happy. I think time off of work to spend with his lovely wife, sons and grandsons is long over due and well deserved, because no one deserves a year off more then him.
Stephen Scott August 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
This article is very good, Theodore Scott is my father and I could not think of anyone that deserve a year off more then him. I am certain he would use that time to help people, because he is eager to help people so bad, but he does not have the time. I am not saying that because he is my father, but he is my best friend and mentor. I really hate to see him working so hard and he deserve a break, because I need his help so bad. Please vote for him so he can help restore my family and other families
Clarence Selby August 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Reading your article urged me to awaken 4:33 am. Wednesday 08/15/12. I felt the need to respond. Imaging you as a husband giving serious thoughts to the statement from Tina Scott; your wife characterizing you as a workaholic; to the extend that you would pause long enoungh to evaluate your life and see that you are the one who is willing to make essential changes to unselfishly benefit your family. This insight is most honorable; you being transparent about how you took the time to change for the best is rare. I am inspired to do a self evaluation and spend more quality time with my family also.
Patrick Thuo August 18, 2012 at 02:55 AM
That was a great article. I pray that he wins. Family is the most important thing to spend time with.

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