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Resolutions Schmesolutions

When I was in high school, I had a somewhat chaotic approach to cleaning. It began when I got frustrated by a cluttered desk, and dumped everything on the floor. I put back only the things I absolutely needed, shelved a few other things, and threw away everything else. This turned into a cleaning ritual where everything was classified as "keep", "store", or "discard". The goal was to discard as much as possible while treasuring only the things I truly wanted to keep.

Over time, that habit of mine evolved into something different. It became the cornerstone of my minimalist lifestyle. I learned to judge who and what I needed to treasure, and who and what I needed to discard. But it wasn't only about surroundings - it was also about self. I always found the idea of a classical hermit living on a mountain somewhat appealing, and I made many decisions to reach a reasonable interpretation of that. The path was much rockier than anticipated.

Anyway, at the beginning of December, I realized I was past due for some self-reflection. I had strayed from my path greatly, and needed to refocus. So I took the entire month to dump everything on the ground, and sorted through a good bunch of it. I rediscovered some old treasures, and even added a few more. Also, I discarded many things; some significant.

The whole process was soothing and much needed.

The past year was really tough personally and professionally, but I thankfully made it through. The problem was that I was also seeing everyone around me having a rough time simply trying to make it through as well. And then there's what's been going on in DC. The political and financial elite have been picking our pockets for decades, but recently they started laughing at all our misfortunes as well. It has been maddening for everyone on every side. Thankfully, some sanity was restored in November, and hopefully this coming Congress will be a force to be reckoned with.

And, of course, I wanted to challenge myself to be as empowered in my own endeavors. To that end, I decided to set a firm goal for myself as well as a more tangible one for the game. Eclipse Perilous was a 'keep' because it promised to express part of my frustration and anger at the rampant corruption prevalent in multiple governments around the world.

That said, I don't even know if the goal I set for the game was actually possible - it was pretty arbitrary. Not that I wasn't going to try to meet it - creativity is best when hampered by a deadline. And as for the goal I set for myself... well, I haven't decided yet. Something like a hermit, perhaps?

Stay tuned. Work in progress.


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