Some days I don’t know where to start. They bombard us with top ten lists on every topic imaginable. To lose weight, eat this, run, walk, hang upside down while performing an impossible number of crunches. To ensure you succeed at work, don’t use these eight dreaded phrases, do contribute to the value-added proposition. Give 110% on every project, and don’t be that person who says “yes” to make the boss happy. Do you want to be the best parent at your kids’ school? Boy, do we have a list of must-dos, should-dos, and never-dos for you. By the way, you should indoctrinate your kids to these lists as well. It is what any decent, loving parent would do for the sake of their offspring’s survival.
Then for kicks, about every six to twelve months, they upend everything on us. You know those things we told you to do last year? Yeah, well, we completed a new study, and we have hot-off-the-press updates for you. That stuff we told you to do—turns out you shouldn’t do that anymore. Instead, how about implementing the bullet points under the heading “Avoid These Like the Plague.”
Even science is not immune to the total upheaval phenomenon. On Wednesday, The New York Times ran an article with the words “… particles known as muons suggest that there are forms of matter and energy vital to the nature and evolution of the cosmos that are not yet known to science.” Which prompted Mark Hamill to tweet, “The Force has been with us… ALWAYS.” I can’t take the constant upheaval of the world as we know it. Today, my soul is begging for an invigorating walk through the nature preserve, followed by a long, hot bath.
What is your soul begging to do today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer