M. SCOTT MORRIS: Waiting for a time to get started

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

Every so often, I get the desire to make a change, then I glance at the calendar and realize Jan. 1 is a couple of months away.
* “In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.” — William James.
They’re called New Year’s Resolutions, not Oct. 29 Resolutions, for a reason. That switch from 2011 to 2012 is what makes the difference, providing a full year’s worth of psychological momentum from 11:59 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
* “There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.” – Charles Baudelaire.
In reality, there’s nothing stopping us from making a change on a random day. Most of the major shifts in our lives happen haphazardly throughout the year.
How many people get married on Jan. 1? Probably not as many as those who get married on each of June’s 30 days. I don’t know about you, but my world twisted and turned considerably after saying “I do.”
* “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau.
Speaking of upheaval, neither of my bundles of joy dropped on Jan. 1. My daughter turned me into a guy who changed diapers on May 17. Coincidentally, that also was the first day I got another human being’s “business” on my skin.
* “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway
Deliberately altering course is daunting during the best of times, so it’s nice to have Dec. 31, a dim target on the horizon that allows us to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
* “Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” – A. A. Milne.
Waiting for the right time is a sneaky trick of mind, but it makes a certain type of sense, especially for those of us who’ve lived long enough to rack up a humbling list of slips and slides.
* “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
A running start would be nice, but that might be too much to ask for. Maybe a crawling start is more realistic in these uncertain times.
I guess whatever works is what works, right? Good luck.
* “So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” – Lee Iacocca.
M. Scott Morris is a Daily Journal feature writer. Contact him at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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