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Trying To Stay Focused

January 2, 2014

Well let’s start this out right, by wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Actually by now the new year is already a few days old. It’s still new, but technically no longer the “new year” thus making it the current year. So-HAPPY CURRENT YEAR!!! No, now wait a minute that’s not right either. Because this is being written on December the 29th 2013 at 1:14 a.m. E.S.T. three days prior to the New Year. Can’t exactly wish you a Happy New Year for a New Year that hasn’t happened yet. Or a Happy Current Year for one that’s not happening at the moment. You see this is the very reason I never send Christmas cards. Always so uncertain as to how to address a person with no certainty of when they might read it. Well f***-a-doodle-doo how do we do this? You’re reading something in the future, which was written in the past, which is attempting to address the present. A present which is past to you and future to the writer of what you are reading and thus...oh screw it! Happy Moment In Time You Are Reading This! There, problem solved. Honestly, wouldn’t life be simpler if all greeting cards read, “Happy Whatever”?

Anywho, it is a new year...or was...or will be...(let’s not start that again). And with a new year comes hope. Hope that it will be better than the last. Which in a sense is kind of ridiculous when you think about it. Yes, let’s all “hope” the new year is better. How stupid, you can hope till you poop your pants but until you put forth an effort the new year will turn out exactly like the last.

This is why people make resolutions and set goals for themselves. Whether mental, physical or financial, the start of a year is a perfect place to begin. You set your goal, have a starting point, a time frame and a deadline. In reality it usually comes down to 365 days to fail or f-up!

But in this instance it truly is the thought (mixed with an actual effort) that counts. As long as you try and achieve, if nothing else knowing that you can try, then you’ve done something. Hey, there’ll always be next year right? Right? But what if there’s not? What if this year is the last one? Whether your last or the human race’s makes no difference the outcome is the same: no you=no year. At least from your point of view and maybe everyone else’s depending on who goes first, you or the planet.

It would be interesting to contemplate this theorem from the perspective of someone who lives for the moment. Not that such a person would ever consider such a thing; that would defy their whole mantra. The general principle of living for the moment is to exist solely for and within each moment. The general rule being that each moment is lived and treated as though it could be the last. How would that work if there was a known cutoff? Like the end of the year? Could a person live for each moment, never planning past the next, if the end were nigh? That would be like racing a car toward the edge of a cliff and being solely focused on singing along with your favorite song on the radio.

Take a moment to take all that in.

In the meantime back to the subject at hand...which is...kind of open. Perhaps if the writer lived more in the moment then he’d know what’s going on now. It is a moment after all...OK, wait.... now it’s another one! So let’s talk about maintaining a steady focus. To assure that whether we have next year, the end of this one or just a moment, we can at least say that we tried. Tried to accomplish something and at least succeeded in trying. Seriously though, aren’t people who are constantly trying simultaneously constantly failing? Because if you got it right and reached your goal you wouldn’t be trying anymore...right?

Let’s wrap-up this mess and start off the year with this in mind. It’s good to set realistic goals and to put forth our best efforts to see them through. But if you find yourself in a bind maybe it’s time to stop trying and time to try something else.

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




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