I just read an article on The Daily Beast website which made me feel like Charlie Brown in the wonderful A Charlie Brown Christmas. Lucy attempts to diagnose Charlie Brown’s holiday malaise by naming a few types of phobias, because “recognizing you have a problem is the first step to solving it.” She arrives at panophobia (pronouncing it pantophobia), the fear of everything. Charlie Brown screams “THAT’S IT!” which sends Lucy flipping off her stool. Here’s my “THAT’S IT!”: a reality-check to avoid unrealistic New Year’s resolutions. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/12/16/oliver-burkeman-on-failed-new-year-s-resolutions.html
I hereby resolve to make only repeated, tiny accomplishments, “small wins,” over the course of this year, with no specific outcome in mind. Clump number one, today, is restarting this blog … not so small to me, as I have been searching for “the perfect day” to overcome my techno-phobia and really begin.
Another cartoon character, Dustin, made me recognize myself and the fallacy of “the perfect day,” with this New Year’s Eve strip. (http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/dustin/s-1255059):
lMany people are superstitious about the number 13. Long ago I was hired for a job on Friday the 13th, which I took as a sign that 13 is my lucky number … it doesn’t hurt to expect good things.