The week between Christmas and the new year is more or less a lost week. Let’s face it, it was still 2021 and there was still plenty going on. Even if you weren’t paying attention to world events there was more than enough that needed doing, but the whole week has forever felt like it exists out of time or in a universe where time has no meaning.
It’s an interregnum as the old year closes out and the new one starts. I don’t hate it. I just can’t shake the feeling that it’s an odd sequence of days that don’t feel quite right.
Add in that I spent most of my time alternating between the bed, the couch, and one of the various La-Z-Boy’s scattered around the house and it’s pretty much the week that wasn’t. At least it (probably) wasn’t COVID, so I’ve still got that going in my favor, even if it was one of the nastier head colds I’ve had in the last half-dozen years.
Here we are a little more than a week later and the last remnants of this particular crud are finally dissipating… but hey, I have one of those fancy oxygen meters, a few boxes of KN-95 and N-95’s, and a few other odds and ends now due to my paranoia of the Great Plague. Given how hard it is to find a simple test, even my NyQuil addled brain was able to grasp with growing realization that if I should come down with it, I need to be prepared with whatever tools I can muster to triage and treat myself.
The interregnum is over. I’ve put together a decent little stockpile against what feels like an increasingly inevitable bout with the plague. Still, I can’t quite shake the feeling that mostly it was a perfectly good week of annual leave utterly wasted.
I always feel like its a good time to do those two things that we always say there’s not enough time to do.
1) Learn: Reflect on the year. Analyze, realize and document the key/root causes of loss (and success). Turn those results into valuable assets. Think of it as an After Action Review. “Sometimes we win; sometimes we learn.” — John Maxwell.
2) Plan. Despite the reality of the fact that the easiest way to make God laugh is to make a plan, the mere thought exercise of a good round of planning and or goal setting can be enlightening and valuable in and of itself. First, so many little tripping points can come out of it and helps to ensure you suffer a little less from impulsive actions. Next, it helps to learn and clarify our own needs and desires. And finally, while its true that plans and processes can be improved upon over time, it’s quite difficult to improve something that does not exist. Plans are like decisions: the best one is the right one; the second best is the wrong one; and the absolute worst one is the failure to make one.
Dennis, you’re making my week spent watching Netflix and reading dime store fiction look pretty bad, man!