March 15th Ides of March

Today is the Ides of March, the Roman New Years Day! For some, I guess this was a pretty good day, for others not so much so. In 44 BC Julius Caesar was probably having a decent day until he met up with his buddy, Marcus Brutus. Julius went to greet Marcus by shaking hands, Marcus greets Julius with a dagger… along with the rest of the Roman Senate. Julius got the point but a little too late change his ways. This led to the quote, “Beware of the Ides of March”. But since most of us do not live in Rome and since the Roman Empire no longer exists, just enjoy your day. (Unless you have a friend named Marcus)

How to celebrate – Throw a Roman New Years party. Pretend to be Julius Caesar. Visit Rome.

January 17th Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

Are you still honoring those New Year’s Resolutions you made last year? Well, it’s time to lose them! Most people haven’t made it this far so why be the exception, join the crowd. I mean, they were well intended and all but did you really mean them? Sure they sounded great when you made them, it no doubt impressed everyone around you and your family members but come on, we all know you weren’t going to keep them so get over them!

Last year, I had forgotten the New Year’s resolution by the 17th anyway! I think it may have been to take memory lessons. Things like making a resolution to lose weight and such just backfire anyway, in fact any resolution normally means to think about it all the time so you only bring the action to mind constantly.

That’s why diets normally don’t work because people tend to think about all the foods they can’t have instead of the foods they can. When that becomes a constant thought, and craving, then you are bound to break your diet. So when you make a New Year’s resolution you are actually doing the same thing, bringing the issue to the front of your thoughts rather than burying them where you don’t even think about it at all.

So just give up that resolution and move on with your life. It really doesn’t matter anyway, unless of course it’s to become a brain surgeon or something. 

How to celebrate – Try to remember the resolution you made on New Years. Forget the resolution you made on New Years. Make a resolution not to make a resolution next year.

July 14th National Pandemonium Day

It’s nice to know that there is a day we can anticipate where anything can happen and it probably will, Pandemonium Day. It’s a good thing today is in July because if it was in December we would expect it and then it wouldn’t be pandemonium!

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Of course, whether we expect it or not, pandemonium can still exist! It can happen in a moment when a dozen kids get together, a high school class is suddenly reunited or a baseball team parent doesn’t like the call an umpire made. I guess the good thing about pandemonium is that it can be a happy event or a sad one. I guess that is what separates pandemonium from a riot!

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I guess when it gets dangerous, it’s a riot. However, a dozen kids can get dangerous, at least to the adults that are supposed to be watching them! (I’ve been there) There are some good things that can come out of pandemonium. How well you handle it, whether you get drawn into it or if you can take control when all control seems lost.

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I’m not sure how to enjoy or celebrate a day like Pandemonium Day (Gee, how many times can I use the word pandemonium in a single blog). Do you start it? Stop it? Watch it? I think sometimes just identifying it for what it is… chaos, lack of control, actions beyond reason… makes you a winner.

How to celebrate – Get up, eat breakfast and go back to bed. Make sure where ever you go take aspirin with you. If you see a crowd gathering… run away from it!