There’s a large calendar in my house that enumerates each day and how many days remain in the year. Today, the numbers are 183/183. We’re halfway through 2020 already. In some ways, the year has crept slowly away; in other ways it seems to have slipped by in a flash.
This is not the time for me to recount the year’s events so far. Suffice it to say, up to now, 2020 has been a real doozy of a year. It will take a long time for us to recover from it. At the same time, it would be unrealistic to predict that the second half of the year will be rainbows and unicorns because the trends do not indicate such a state of affairs. That does not mean we cannot do the best we can in order to salvage our year and do some damage control.
For what it’s worth and in my experience, there is generally some point where I get halfway through something and ask myself, what it’s all about. Why am I doing this? Does it really matter what I’m doing? I usually shrug my shoulders and finish the task anyway. In the end, I’m usually glad it’s been done.
Most often, I interpret a halfway mark as a tipping point. I’m usually able to bail out of a hopeless project before the half. Once I pass halfway, there is too much to lose, so giving up doesn’t seem like a viable option. There are exceptions to the rule, but this is basically my opinion about the matter. To be halfway or more means there is too much momentum to quit.
One of the better aspects of a regular workplace is break-time. Although I’m formally retired, if there’s a task lasts all day, I make sure to take a short lunch break halfway through. It’s good to allow the mind and body to recuperate. The second half of the chore goes more smoothly after refueling.
Even if the task only takes a couple of hours, this habit works. I take care of a large yard. It takes just under two-hours to mow my yard and the vacant lot next door. I either mow the vacant lot first or my yard first, then take a few minutes long water break. After the refreshment, the other half of the mowing chore is easier.
Basically, my point is that on this 183/183 day, we’re halfway through the struggle of getting through 2020. We might as well try to make the best of it. Dare I say, “Have a happy second half of the year”?
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the Canadian educator who formulated the “Peter Principle”, Laurence J. Peter. “The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.”