Border Mail Column Thursday 17 November 2011
We’re at that end of the year where Christmas and the prospect of a new year are looming, and there are just not enough hours or days left to finish all of the tasks we undertook to do in 2011.
With full diaries, each day seems to run into the next with some having barely a breath in between and we can be asking ourselves what day is it?
Once that was a fairly simple undertaking, and we could reassure ourselves that it was just a day of the week, but now we have a plethora of days placed on the calendar by various organisations to celebrate, commemorate or use as a catalyst for fundraising so that the 365 days we have in any year (and 366 in a leap year) are barely enough.
As I write this it is Steve Irwin day, America Recycles day, National Bundt day (the cake many of us know from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and one I especially like, I Love to Write day.
If you found things a little out of control last Wednesday it may have been because it was Chaos Never Dies Day; a day well noted on the Internet and e-card sites as acknowledging the hectic pace of modern life.
A website dedicated to the day advises we can best celebrate it by recognising that chaos never dies, and we should pick one thing that may be disrupting our lives and change it for good.
Its origins are unknown and the suggestion was made that the life of the person who created the day was too chaotic and they failed to document it.
Last Sunday it was World Kindness Day, a day to have us think about our place as citizens of the world and break down the boundaries of culture, race and religion and look for the similarities instead of the differences between us, while on November 21 it will be World Hello Day when we are asked to say hello to ten people and contribute to world peace.
If you find yourself reading this and are thinking ‘whatever’, the website nationalwhateverday.org.au gives a comprehensive list of days designated for causes serious and lighthearted.
Among those I missed this year but might take more note of in 2012 are World Fingerpainting, Storytelling and Porridge Days and on the last Friday in July, System Administrator Appreciation Day which, because I am employed at a number of workplaces, may well break the card buying budget, although an e-card could be more appropriate.
Next month it will be easy to celebrate National Fruitcake Day on December 27 and to help me in deciding on my resolutions for 2012, I’ll be doing my best to mark Make Up Your Mind Day on December 31.
But closer on the calendar, this Saturday is International Men’s Day, which the website assures is not designed to compete with International Women’s Day.
First celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999, the day is supported by the United Nations and observed in 60 countries including Australia.
It aims to improve men’s and boy’s health, improve gender relations, promote gender equality, positive role models, highlight discrimination against them and their contribution to community, family, marriage and childcare.
With the theme this year of ‘Giving Boys the Best Possible Start in Life’, the day interfaces with the men’s health fundraiser, ‘Movember’ and Universal Children’s Day on November 20 recognising and celebrating the bonds between fathers and their children.
So to all the blokes, and especially those in my life, enjoy your day.