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And you give yourself away

January is the oddest month of the year.1funny18

It can’t help it, it comes after December.

It doesn’t have it’s own holiday (unless you can remember New Year’s Day), it’s just stuffed with people being overly attentive to others’ weight loss and cessation of smoking or drinking; weather; bills; exercise; temptations; and coming down off a shopping/sugar high.

This pitiable month is hyper-focused on what people got for Christmas or didn’t get, how much they saved or spent, who they saw or didn’t see, where they went or didn’t go, food, bills, what they’re going to do or not do next year. It’s like a holiday-passing-of-gas, that lasts a month.

1love49I suppose it’s a way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive and trying to encourage people who’ve made resolutions they’re unlikely to keep, but still…

It’s also a great way to distract ourselves from the real problems.

Then poor January gets muscled in on by the attention-seeking hearts, look at me, I’m Valentine’s Day, I’m all about love and flowers and poetry and grand gestures, so come over to the dark side, we have chocolates… mmm, chocolates. Sorry, what was I saying?

Losing weight, stopping smoking, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, chocolates, these are all great things, in moderation.

I was in a store today and as I walked by the Valentine’s Day merchandise I noticed there were already Easter eggs and other paraphernalia snuggled up along side it. I expect soon all holidays will just be crammed together, some homogenous, frankensteinesque superholiday. Things only seem to capture our attention as long as they’re trending. We can only process so much and that ability is diminishing rapidly.

Before you give yourself away to consumerism, technology, hobbies, diversions, fads, trends, no matter how benign they seem, remember what a quiet day felt like, remember when we could keep our attention on a cause long enough to promote change, remember having a conversation with someone where they’re not looking at their cellphone…There’s something to be said for slowing down and enjoying each moment, in that moment.

January has almost paid its dues.

groundhog1Groundhog Day can’t be that far away…



Very me

44 thoughts on “And you give yourself away

  1. Your posts are always so incredibly intuitive!! You are so right…pretty soon we will be buying Christmas things right after Valentines Day, or so the merchants would like 🙂 I can’t even keep track of all of the Holidays anymore with all of the new ones they bring along. Yes..time to step back and smell the roses…that is what is really important!


  2. I went into a dollar store around the fifth of January and slammed to a halt. Red and green. Hmm. Same as Christmas, but not. Red for Valentines Day and Green for St. Patrick’s Day, side by side. Overwhelmed with over-active commercialism, I turned and went back to my car. My hands shook so hard, I couldn’t get the car started. 😦


      1. Have a lovely day too, DP. ❤
        I hear N.Y. is going to get whopping snow today. Yesterday's forecast had us getting a few centimeter on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or something like that.
        I hear we're getting a foot of snow today now. Yikes.


      2. As long as the snow is out of the way, I don’t care who shovels, luckily I have a strong teenage son lol
        We don’t have much snow so far this year, but that can change in a heartbeat. 🙂
        Hope the storm isn’t as horrible as they’re predicting, I never like when they use the words ‘historic’ and ‘storm’ in the same sentence. 🙂

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      3. I’m originally from a more Northern part of Canada and now live in a very Southern part of it, so I’m used to cold weather and all that comes with it, but really, I still don’t always like it. 😉
        Take care. Stay warm, stay safe. 🙂


      4. I first lived outside of Kirkland Lake.
        I like the cold less as time passes. The best thing I ever did was buy an electric blanket a couple of years ago. My cat likes it too–or should I say cat. Brought a new one home last Saturday. 🙂


      5. Near Sudbury for me. 🙂
        Yes, I’ve noticed I like any extremes of weather less, which seems to be what we have more and more of, sadly.
        Cats sure do love the warmth, I had one cat that used to sleep under our wood-burning stove; we never would have gotten her away from an electric blanket. 🙂
        All the best. 🙂

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      6. I used to live in Elliot Lake until 1964, but only for about six years. Then moved farther south.
        The storm hit here today but not in all spots of the city and not at the same time. Some parts were hit at 9:00 or so a.m. Other parts, it was snow squalls at 3:00 pm. Other parts were sunshine. I also hear N.Y. isn’t getting it as badly as forecast. 🙂


  3. I really liked the message of this post. I admit I’m guilty of always being hyperactive … or a sloth. Nothing inbetween.
    The slow, enjoy-the-moment days are rare.

    Your comment about “things only seem to capture our attention as long as they’re trending. We can only process so much and that ability is diminishing rapidly” couldn’t be more true.

    January almost behind us means we are that much closer to warmer weather 🙂


  4. I remember seeing Cadbury’s Creme Eggs on sale on Boxing Day. Before you know it we’ll have them, Easter Eggs and Valentine chocolate hears filling our Christmas stockings.

    Oh, and I wasn’t at the sales while in that shop on Boxing Day. No, I’d run out of milk and had a house full of guests wanting coffee.


    1. I’m sorry, I don’t understand what you’re trying to say. To the best of my knowledge, all the memes of Fry as about him being confused or pondering or I guess one could say, suspicious, it’s the joke…why would you say this image is sad?


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