After much searching I located the “Year of the…” notebook. It fell behind the couch probably right after Don circled the final five phrases. So no one voted on it. The funny thing is that, upon re-reading the list, the phrase I liked the best “The year of clean laundry and dirty living” turned out to read “The year of clean lobsters and dirty living”. Even though I think that’s hysterical it doesn’t make sense so it’s not exactly a phrase one can live by for the next year.
The long and the short of it is, for 2008 we’re reverting back to a phrase we thought up a few weeks ago which is “The year of curbing your inner dumbass”. It’s sort of awkward to say but it’s something we all can agree on. Living by this phrase is very simple–whenever you catch yourself doing something stupid, stop doing it before you or someone else gets hurt. For example, the other day I was standing on a chair vigorously pounding nails into the woodwork on a doorway. I almost fell off once because the chair was a little farther away from the target than it should have been. Had it been any other year I would have tested my luck and continued pounding but, since it is the year of curbing my inner dumbass, I climbed down and re positioned the chair before finishing the project.
Do you see how easy it is to follow this little credo? And how great it would be if everyone did this? It does not apply to unforeseen stupid things like locking your keys in your car or wandering out into traffic because you’re preoccupied with thoughts about hedgehogs or whatever. Those are hard to help. It applies only to things that the universe has warned you about in the past, things that experience tells you are a bad idea, things that you do because it’s never worked before but you like your odds this time. Like attempting to pour a glass of water from a just filled Britta pitcher or considering the expiration dates on meat to be more of a guideline than a rule. Most dumbass moments are easily avoidable if you just think about what you’re doing while you do it. Let’s work on that for 2008.
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