Happy New Year

So sorry that my posts have been a bit wild and chaotic recently and that I’ve not answered many of your comments and that I’ve not been visiting your excellent sites as much as I should.

I have no excuses and no real plans to change. My only new year’s revolution is to be a better person, but not in the way that I blog.

Here’s my plan to improve. I want to:

  • Be more aware of stuff I do not like
  • Categorise this stuff into two sections: things I reacted to (and got angry at) and things that didn’t bother me (and I therefore ignored)
  • Make a list of all these things and track them from day to week to month
  • Extract patterns and repetitions from this list
  • Look deeply into the stuff that gets me angry so that I can stop this from happening
  • Ultimately, stop getting annoyed so damn much!

Apart from that, I have no plans to be any different in 2022, but I hope that you have great plans.

By the way: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

New Beginnings

Well, Santa’s slunk off back to Lapland to brood moodily on whether kids will be good or bad in 2021; most of the christmas trees are either back in the attic or have been slung over the back fence; and the New Year Resolution train is hurtling down the track bound for stations unknown, little suspecting that, as per usual, it’ll be derailed a few miles down the track with the loss of all promises.

So what’s next?

Well, I just saw my first advert of the year for Easter courtesy of a certain cream-filled egg manufacturer so, although I’m not going to be visiting my local shops anytime soon to see if the shelves are stacked with chocolate eggs and bunnies, I’m confident that the consumer society is still in full swing, despite the efforts of Covid-19 to push us off it. Life might have been turned upside down for a great many of us, but some things never change, even if they are increasingly online.

But wait, is there any good news on the horizon for us in 2021?

I read that Elon Musk is now the richest man in the world and that he has pledged to use half of his wealth to make Earth into a better place to live (and the other half to move us all to Mars if things don’t work out here), so that’s good, right? But that aside, here’s what really cheers me up about the world today: you are reading this.

Why is this good? Well, it means that you’re actively looking for a new beginning and a better world. You’re not just sitting there and sulking; you’re looking for the love, life and happiness. And what could be better than this as the basis for a fine future? Well done you! Now let’s build on that and spread the love. Why not reach out to someone you haven’t talked to for a while and wish them a Happy New Year for 2021 and make it a new beginning for them too? Let’s connect up and make this year a good one and let’s start today – who’s with me?

Happy New Year!

So, you survived the night and made it into a new year (well done for that) and it’s now the first day of twenty-twenty-one and so, in keeping with tradition, here’s my New Year Revolution (drum roll): Do It Now (aka Frickin’ Get On With It, Robert!!)

So what’s that about then? Well, there’s going to be more immediacy about my blog for a start. And in that spirit: out with the blessings!

I’ve seen my blog viewership dwindle from scanty to very little over the the course of Dec 2020 and I put it down to my lazy, lazy habit of posting a daily blessing instead of something more meaningful. The one exception was Dec 13th when I posted my Love has Many Faces series (a collection of memes I put together for a public talk I did on the 15th) on an hourly schedule throughout the day, during which viewing figures rocketed – thank you!

I mean, blessings are nice and all that, but there’s not much to say about them apart from ‘ta’, so I’ve put them to bed. Instead I’ll be talking about myself. So, erm – pretty much the same as I what I usually do really. Hey, c’mon – I’m interesting!

And yeah, I’ll interact more – and I’ll do that from now. If you read this and Like it then I’ll do my utter best (time permitting) to visit your blog and do the same for you. I like to read things and so it won’t be just, like, me visiting, liking and leaving. I’ll probably say something too. And I’ll try not to crack under the pressure of that. ‘Cause, you know, it can very quickly escalate into full-blown conversation with me. Anyway, as I said – I’ll do my best.

There are other projects I have in store too, but I’ll let you know about them as and when they come to fruition (rather than when I put them into motion, which will be now of course).

So, that just leaves me to with you a Happy, Fruitful and Safe 2021 – hope it’s a good one for you. 😉

Old and New

In with the new and out with the old, right? Throw away everything that looks chipped, worn or simply old. Buy new stuff. Bring newness into your life. Refresh yourself and everything around you.

I’m wondering about people. What should we do about all the worn-out, greying, sagging, chipped and old members of our population? That old dear at the bus-stop looks screenshot 2019-01-05 at 13.12.56like she’s on her last legs. Those old farts laughing on the corner should be careful that they don’t give themselves a coronary. Here comes an old dear, snailing her way down the pavement on her zimmer-frame. Should we replace them all with newer models?

Well, I suppose we have already replaced them all. More new people are born every day but the older models are still there cluttering up the benches and buses. We culled the badgers and the geese. What about the oldies!

Or should I just stick to repainting the window-frames; changing those tatty old coasters for new ones; tossing out the mouldy crusts in the back of the fridge (hope the pigeons don’t get poorly); and throwing away those boots that still take a shine, but have two holes in each of their soles.

Anyways, Happy New Year to y’all. I hope you find something fresh and interesting in 2019, whatever your age, size or disposition.