Be­gin­ning or con­tin­u­ing

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion - BY: DAPHNE PADILLA

AND just like that we are in 2019 in what could be a tab­ula rasa for some or a fu­tu­rus per­se­vero for oth­ers. I chose both. Tab­ula rasa sim­ply means blank slate or a blank sheet where one can write new things. A new year is that - a time where one can start fresh ideas like learn a new skill rel­e­vant to cur­rent time prob­a­bly like grow­ing herbs in pots near the kitchen and us­ing these when cook­ing. It could also be vis­it­ing new places and learn­ing new things or ex­pos­ing one’s self to novel ideas. This can mean adopt­ing new at­ti­tudes like tidy­ing up ala Marie Kondo. De­clut­ter­ing ala Kondo meant putting our hands on every­thing that we own, ask­ing our self it sparks joy, and if it does not, thank it for its ser­vice and get rid of it. I’ve been think­ing of the con­ti­nent of clothes I have amassed and je­sas, I have yet to find time for that spark-of-joy ses­sion. Then there would the books that has turned the mid­dle of our liv­ing room into a li­brary sans the shelves and true, there have been have read books whose con­ver­sa­tions we bland. No spark. Yet, I have to go through an­other moun­tain to sep­a­rate the joy-filled and joy-less oc­cu­pants.

The other sim­ply means con­tin­u­ing what has been started and di­nosaurs like me have a lot of that like an ex­er­cise ma­chine gath­er­ing dust at a cor­ner, an un­fin­ished long es­say, study, or project. Long ago I would fret about the year com­ing to an end and I have half-read books or have un­fin­ished pas­sion projects. I have let go of that at­ti­tude when other pri­or­i­ties took over like car­ing for sick par­ents which was ob­vi­ously most im­por­tant.

But other than ma­te­rial stuff there are other as­pects we let go of too like toxic peo­ple in our lives. This year I think I’d be more cir­cum­spect of the peo­ple I vote into of­fice whether this would be at the barangay or na­tional level. I have yet to de­ter­mine how to gauge the “sparks of joy” they bring to our lives but im­ple­ment­ing laws would be an in­di­ca­tor.

For ex­am­ple, the reg­u­lar­iza­tion of some 3,000 Jol­libee em­ploy­ees is not an ini­tia­tive of Bello but his im­ple­men­ta­tion of a law that has al­ready been there. Cleaning up Manila bay and can­celling sev­eral NYE ball­drops by the Ci­matu-led is also joy­ful news. There’s Green Win­dows in Davao City open­ing its doors to peo­ple with spe­cial needs so I’d rather en­dorse their bud­get ho­tel to vis­it­ing friends. But I have also heard that one of the peo­ple I reg­u­larly buy food from has left his fam­ily for a younger woman. So, I will no longer pa­tron­ize him (curse me if you like) be­cause I do not be­lieve I should help feed his il­licit joys. That though is not Kondo’s just obiter dic­tum.

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