By RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR
You got it right. Circa 2011 is quite unlike any other New Year. Blame it on continuing anxiety or chaos — or, what you may.
Yet, like every New Year, most of us, in all probability, sure “resolved” to bring-in changes. But, how well do we all know that they all “tumbled down” by the time we were through with the subdued celebrations!
Don’t worry. Take your pick to “ring-in” your New Year resolutions — or, “twenty-twenty vision” — for a calm, joyful 2011:
- The best thing to do is to think of the New Year — differently. Consider a metaphor: “The grass is greener on the other side of the landfill, not hill.” Or, “I’m going to have a great year, and end up trumps over my fellow associates and a distant boss.” Or, “This year will be safer for me and my family.”
- Take a look at an earlier situation in a new way. Look beyond the box. Better still — have no box at all, than being outside it. Great idea, isn’t it? Because, the world is shaped on our personal experience and outlook. Changing [y]our attitude can change [y]our world. However, remember — as Mahatma Gandhi observed — that you need to be the change first to bring the change you want.
- Change the paint of your bedroom, or the tint of your car, bifocals/progressive glasses/contact lens, or whatever — and, see the world in a different new glow [maybe, with a fresh "colour" lamp in place].
- Don’t you feel overawed by recession — try something new, even if you fall short. It will sure bring purpose to your life — to try the idea again.
- Take a fresh look at your ethics, because it is what that upsets you the most when everything else looks pleasant.
- Use your cell phone sparingly, because it is cheap; and, also because “delivery” exceeds “requirement.”
- Think more foolishly than you did last year, because it got you into your present “clutter.” And, also because it can easily get you out of it a la Laurel and Hardy.
- Propose by all means, if you are not married. If married, avoid the divorce-trap — even if you don’t want to.
- Walk on the right and the wrong alley, simultaneously, because if you are on the correct path, you’ll breathe more and more pollutants in the air.
- Celebrities, and each of us, have one thing in common. Difficulty. So, change your “guard” regularly; the latter without the benefit of a “fan-club,” or Third Umpire.
- Be positive. Stick to it, even if you can’t. You know that you’ve the best possible mindset.
- You cannot avoid bomb blasts, terrorist attacks, stress, acidity, and levy; however, taxes don’t get healthier every year.
- Make sure that everyone you know considers your idea. Tell them that the “tenet” isn’t entirely yours; you culled it from the Upanishads.
- Battle for your honour and values. Because, you cannot live with[out] them.
- Don’t go beyond “nowhere,” because it’s the most demanding and exciting trail.
- Shop by all means — find out the freebies that come “handy” with the worst possible bathing soap you don’t use.
- If anger, or hatred, ain’t broke, “bond” with it till it cracks. Next, blame the politician for your constipation.
- Tell your “competition” that his/her ego is as good as yours, not any better.
- Existence is a lengthy battle. It’s full of frustrations and challenges, but you ought to know the best D-I-Y kit money cannot buy. You!
- Life is neither a feast, nor a spectacle. It begins to tell as you “mellow.”
Now, to use a cliché — a must, for anyone, who wishes to have a Great New Year. Smile, in spite of all the troubles around — and, the world will grin with you. Not at you.
Happy New Year!