Resolutions are like snowstorms in the northern hemisphere and floods in the southern at the moment – they’re everywhere. And like snowstorms and floods, they’re treacherous, dangerous and indiscriminate about who they harm and how they do it.
Resolutions are, to a resolve, to be viewed with caution while holding a sturdy club of some kind behind your back.
Which brings us to:
Tip Number 1:
Always be ready to defend yourself against a resolutionary guerilla attack, especially at this time of year.
A Case in Point, Part 1: I had the best of intentions yesterday regarding my resolutions. And the day before yesterday as it happens. Two very significant days for those of us who take such things seriously: the last day of the old year and the first of the new.
I definitely had resolutions on the boil. I was caught up in the hustle of the moment but I wasn’t in the moment. As a result, I fell out of the Mindful Zone, a victim of the resolution guerillas, who point us towards …
Tip Number 2:
Do not project yourself into the future, but rather remain here in the present moment. Take a deep breath, hold for a count of three – one, two, three – exhale, and then, boil the kettle and make a beverage of your choice. Sit quietly with the beverage, breathe, and sip in the Mindful Zone.
A Case in Point, Part 2:
Mindmaps, vision boards, brainstorming, inspiration from people with clearly superior resolve, exhortations from every media source ever invented – I had them all and then … then, my beloved PC, Nostromo, began a menacing beep on startup, and I suspected then that he might not make it to the new year.
There had been warnings, of course, there often are in the leadup to potential disaster: frozen screens, shivering and occasionally frozen mice, blank screens, and blank looks (these mostly from my cat, Dotty), unaccountable shutdowns (rather like those fly-by-cyber-night online fraudsters), a pervasive sulkiness, and a resentful reluctance to load pages.
For a happy few delusional hours, I thought Nostromo would make it with me into the new year and beyond, but … we arrived instead at:
Tip Number 3: No amount of planning can protect you from the unpredictable, so when change arrives, scare the pants off it by embracing, rather than avoiding it.
A Case in Point, Part 3: Before Nostromo sailed into the heart of digital darkness forever, I returned to the Mindful Zone and applied the mindmaps, vision boards, brainstorming, inspiration and exhortations to finding a new PC at a reasonable price from a reputable seller.
His name is Julius (the PC, not the seller – that’s Nick), and, after a small altercation with a pesky DirectX control (okay – so I didn’t read the fine print on the Sony PMB installation disc), he sits upon my desktop behaving like a – well, a perfect desktop PC.
Nostromo booted up one more time on New Year’s day to allow transfers of precious files and bookmarks – thank you, Nostromo, for years of mostly loyal and occasionally narky service.
Between them, Nostromo and Julius nobbled the resolutionary guerillas and stopped them in their temporal tracks. They brought me back to the moment. Which is why The Memoir Detective’s next post will be all about how to remain resolute in 2011: Our Year in the Magical Mindful Zone. I hope you’ll join me.
Happy New Year, Grasshoppers
PS Julius, my new PC, is named after Professor Julius Sumner Miller, a scientist who presented a program on Australian TV when I was a kid. The show was called “Why is it So?” Professor Miller stood in front of a blackboard and demonstrated the glorious wonders of physics and maths and other amazing scientific-y subjects. I had little aptitude for science but many of us watched because Professor Miller was so entertaining and full of passion for his subject. He’s a hero of my childhood. Nostromo was named after the spaceship in the movie, “Alien,” which in turn was named after the actual marine vessel Nostromo in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. Considering Nostromo’s recent demise, enough said.
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