Resolutions

imagesThe New Year is around the corner and like many people my head is full of good resolutions.
Not for me, for the people around me.
Me, I walk on water. There is no need to improve the product. It is the damn people around me who need help.

Jean-Paul Sartre said in a play “L’enfer, c’est les autres” (Hell is other people) and I agree. Without the “others” life would be a dream.

I am a Capricorn, and we are said to be “industrious, efficient and organized.”
I can vouch for that. I am a highly organized person and I don’t see eye to eye with scatterbrained subspecies.
When somebody talks to me, I want the facts… just the facts ma’am…

What, when, where? Or as my friends in the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB) would say: Chto? Gdye? Kogda?

I don’t like to be kept in the dark. When I ask a question, I want a precise answer. I don’t fancy ambiguous situations. Ambiguity creates unease, and unease can easily turn into resentment and armed conflicts.

So first of all, what are you talking about? No meandering, no convoluted introduction. Tell me in a few words what’s troubling you.

When did this happen? Today, yesterday, three months ago?

Where? In your garden, on the freeway, in your bedroom?

If you can manage to tell me all of this in a few coherent sentences, you are going to be my BFF (Best Friend Forever, or at least for the next foreseeable future).
And I don’t ever tell me “I told you” when you pertinently know that you did not.
I am not senile yet.

So here is your resolution for 2014 (and beyond):

I will tell no drivel and be truthful, accurate and timely when I communicate with my friends” (especially me).

By the way, you don’t need to follow this credo with Republicans, Tea Party zealots or religious freaks. When dealing with fanatics an exception to this rule is absolutely understandable.

You don’t have to thank me. Making you a better human being is my only reward.

Happy New Year to you all!

Alain

 

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