Wednesday, January 02, 2008


There was the Year of Traveling Lightly. And 2007 was the Year of Making a Difference.

Now it’s YOM. The Year of Movement.

I have no idea what that means. Yet.

But I’ve been meditating on it since September and all I’m getting is movement. Something to do with movement.
move·ment n
1. an act of changing location or position
2. the way in which somebody or something moves
3. a collective effort by a large number of people to try to achieve something, especially a political or social reform
4. the people who organize themselves in order to achieve some political or social reform
5. the parts of a clock or watch mechanism that drive and regulate it
6. a change in the prices of traded securities
7. developments in the plot of a literary work
8. the illusion or suggestion of motion in a work of art, for example, a sculpture or painting
9. one of several self-contained sections that make up a large-scale musical work, often differentiated from one another by different tempos and characters
10. a tactical change in the position or location of a military unit
11. the cadence or rhythm of a piece of poetry
12. an act of emptying of the bowels, or the matter emptied.

Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
If we’re taking the movement theme at face value, it means I need to work out more. That’s a no brainer and I’ll do it. It always makes me feel better.

In my new industry, trade location is everything. All everyone cares about here is how the market is moving. I’m the only one who doesn’t.

In fact, it is all a big noisy distraction for someone like me who is mostly concerned with how well our customers are doing as traders and how that translates to marketing/sales opportunities. This means a) I will do really well here or b) I will fail miserably.

I haven’t figured it out yet.
How did YOMAD work out for ya, Hedy? Did you do everything you set out to do?

Nope. Not nearly as much as planned. I made a small difference in small ways to a small group of beings but not so much on a grander scale.

Maybe the Year of Movement means YOMAD continues into 2008. It’s certainly a great time to become involved somehow. There's a campaign headquarters for an extremely local candidate in the same strip mall as my chiropractor/tan/dry cleaner so I might give that whirl.

Because being involved is, after all, all about my convenience.
The literary definition of movement is interesting only because I am signing up for a fiction writing class at Northwestern. I am excited about taking a class purely for fun for the first time in my life. That will surely get my brain moving.

But somehow I think movement means something more this year.

It’s a mind/soul thing. A change in perspective maybe.

Of course I could be over thinking this whole thing and 2008 could be the Year of (the Bowel) Movement.

For your sake, I really hope not.
I am listening to: The Calling – Wherever You Will Go
I am reading: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
And I am: Ready to go


the dilf said...

Is this kind of like, when George Costanza said...."I think it moved!"

molly gras said...

I wouldn't necessarily give yourself a hard time over choosing convenience when wanting to get involved -- it sure as hell beats getting bitter and resentful when things out of your control crop up (like wacky administrative decisions, personality conflicts, sheer human stupidity, etc.)

Make it convenient to help make it work :)

Posolxstvo said...

Movement -- as in dynamicism. As in not sitting still, resting on your laurels, etc. I could get behind that.

I'm a bit sad that you beat me to the Bowel Movement reference... As a true scholar of scatological references, it seemed to be mine to make, till you sniped it from me.

As far as making a difference last year, well, I am sure you did. You strike me as the type. If we all make a small difference, it could add up to one big difference.

Just like movements...

Dave said...

One of us is getting old. Having read the post, I realized I read the '07 making a difference post. If you skip the obligatory "year of," it becomes MAD.