The Dasselaars are a stubborn breed. I remember my grandfather on my mother's side regularly engaging in fierce verbal clashes on birthday parties when he was right about something. Or thought he was, though in the mind of a Dasselaar this is precisely the same thing. My father is even worse, but fortunately, this also means he'll shrug when he reads this as he'll be convinced I'm wrong.
I freely admit my character bears the strains of this double genetic burden.
This is perhaps why it sometimes takes an ax to chop off a slice of cheese in the Dasselaar Fungal Cabin. For example, Edwin sent me a Christmas card stating:
'Ik wens je een slecht jaar, in zaken tenminste, zodat je meer tijd over houdt voor jezelf.'
Or, in English for all you imperialist Yankees not conversant in Dutch: 'I wish you a bad 2007, as far as your business is concerned, so more time will remain to do personal stuff.'
Gee, where did I hear that before? Well, perhaps in May 2005, when Najia mailed me: 'Maybe streamlining your ambitions in the proper path is exactly what you need to stop exchanging too much of your valuable time for money. I'd say grant yourself some quality time and think.'
They're right, of course (see, that wasn't too hard, Arjan, was it?). 2006 was an excellent year, business wise (no, you won't get a pony). Furthermore, I completed an MA degree. Oh, and I barely slept. At all.
There's more stuff I could do than I can do. So it makes sense to prioritize and opt for those ventures that appeal to me the most. Of course, some of them will be those in which I 'exchange time for money', if only because I actually enjoy my work.
But perhaps here, too, it's time to start making choices. For example, there are a few business ideas I have wanted to test for a long time. 2007 seems like the time for it.
Then there's this one thing I really, really, really want to do. I told you so last year. Now, if someone could perhaps email me that brilliant opening sentence that popped in my head at 4AM when I was clear enough to think but too indolent to get out of bed and grab a pen?
Good intentions generally last until the 28th of January, so check back with me in four weeks or so.
Happy New Year!
(PS: Here's one good intention I've already followed up on: making frequent backups. But that's probably because the Mozy service is both free and automatic (and the referrer is in there to get me even more free storage space - hey, less money spent = more time left to finish that novel).