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MMXI becomes MMXII

In General Mish-Mash, Mixed Up Mish-Mash (Confusion) on December 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

There are only a few hours of 2011 remaining.

Reflection is the natural state of mind. Many will find it hasn’t been a great year, for some it may have been their own personal annus horribilis, and for others the year that is dying may have been one of worthy of wild celebration.

One thing I know for sure … there are millions who had years not as good as mine.

This last day of the year is a  landmark time for starting anew, wiping the slate clean, forgiving if not forgetting.

I can’t tell the story of MMXI – it is MMIXed, mixed up, confused, and needing straightening out. I think I have the hints, the clues and signposts sorted … but care is needed.

Content is easily be misinterpreted. A friendly smile can disarm needed caution, a shiv in the rib can be needed to shift focus, attention or divert tragedy. How often is there blurring between what is needed and what is wanted (maybe we all need a debutante and a Ruthie in her honky tonk lagoon – one knows what you need the other knows what you want).

Anyway, looking at content alone distorts meaning – or at least makes distortion more likely.

Something that goes a long way to explaining the cyber-bullying phenomena. We have created a medium where content is king but where it is also truncated, minimised, distant, and immediate.

Anyway … that is another rant.

The relevance here is that it seems the signposts upon which I can rely – must rely – are those that are erected by effort, thought, deliberation.

Content with effort, thought, and deliberation need not be lengthy – editing is a difficult task. Hence Blaise Pascal:

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.

Which really is the premise of my new blog:

365 Short Memories

Each post a memory (or, at least, the result of Mnemosyne weaving her magic) … but expressing it is restrained to 50 words. Exactly 50 words – no more, no less.

Now as MMXI becomes MMXII … and before we are all messed up, mashed up, MIXed up, and maxed up.

Happy New Year!!!

And in the words of Lord Tennyson:

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.