Legends from our own lunchtimes

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Holistic Resolutions

 "I'm very glad you asked me that, Mrs Rawlinson. The term `holistic' refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. I do not concern myself with such petty things as fingerprint powder, telltale pieces of pocket fluff and inane footprints.

I see the solution to each problem as being detectable in the pattern and web of the whole. The connections between causes and effects are often much more subtle and complex than we with our rough and ready understanding of the physical world might naturally suppose, Mrs Rawlinson."

It was as if Douglas Adams had seen my life, when describing Dirk Gently's conviction.  

Some have suggested that I document the clean-up of the place I call "my shed" in the absence of further travel for a time, but it's not as simple as that.

It has overflowed, you see, not quite throughout the house, but at least to that bit of it that used to be occupied by me to paint in, to the point that it's a non-functioning reflection of my state of mind!   I'd really like to do some work on that painting this year, perhaps even finish it, but at the moment access is limited by in no particular order - van parts which still need to be installed, van parts that need to be discarded once templates have been made, material for making templates for van parts, parts of a chair for Millie, our almost complete but as yet entirely not assembled sideboard, and one or two parts of other projects as well.

Sadly the reason that these are not in a more appropriate place is that every horizontal surface and a few vertical ones in the "shed"(which isn't really a shed) are similarly occupied.

If I resolve to work on that painting this year, which for the sake of my listening audience I hereby will, the extent of the interconnectedness of everything else may well become apparent.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, and do wish me luck! 


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