Okay, from here on in everything’s gonna get better. Because today is the worst. It’s the pits. This is the day when foul weather, debt, fading holiday memories, failed resolutions and a lack of motivation conspire to leave us the most depressed. A researcher in the UK has determined the precise formula:
1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA. Where:
d: Money due in January pay
T: Time since Christmas
Q: Time since failed quit attempt
M: General motivational levels
NA: The need to take action
I’m not a mathematician so you’ll have to plug in your own factors. (And I’m very depressed because no matter how much I study to retake the GREs after achieving a perfectly respectable score 30 years ago, I can’t get above a 7 on the math section now. Now watch, Bonnie will post a comment saying yoga can fix this.)
Here in Michigan we have cold and gray, a dead furnace at Wit’s End, and one of the Starter People managed to get her car totaled by merely parking it on the street and going in her apartment to watch TV. The guy who hit it is (altogether now!): Uninsured! And yes, we only had liability on it because the Starter People cost way too much to insure, even driving old clunkers. Small claims court is in our future and I’m SO conflict avoidant. I probably wouldn’t consider a suit if he were as young as our kids but he’s old enough, at 35, to know better. And how, by the way, did he manage to total his car and a parked car while talking on his cell phone and not get a citation?
We don’t believe in debt but if one more appliance breaks that could be revised.
Money due in January pay? For me- uh- very little. Everybody has a new deductible on their health insurance and I’m such a social worker I have trouble going after that first uninsured part they owe. (There’s an insurance theme developing here. I think the formula needs a variable for insurance woes.)
Which "failed quit" attempt? At what? I did successfully wean myself off Cheez Waffies but I have failed at my attempts to turn 23 pounds of alpaca fleece into wool. And now it’s the time of year to start knitting cotton sweaters.
Getting fit? Still trying. You too? Try this link at fatfighterblogs. They’re just getting started today with a gentle, set-your-own-pace 10
minute week plan. Contrary Mary– are you still running a little program at your place?
My general motivational level has an inverse relationship with how much corduroy I’m wearing. Today I have on two heavy pieces. Also, any day that requires more than flip-flops puts a damper on my urge to do things.
The Need To Take Action. I always thought NA meant not applicable, which is what I always check on every form.
Anyway, it can only get better from here. Besides, do you really trust the news media to know how you’re feeling? As a general rule, that’s a bad idea. In this case, specifically, I discovered a major problem with the BBC report. Read the first paragraph and see if you can find it.
Sterling is such a cheerful looking guy (because he has 11 ladies in waiting) that my picture of him made people happy. So here’s another. Cheer up!