At this time of year I like to ponder the things that happen at Christmas and then find humorous ways of saying why they could not possibly happen. For example:
- Jingle Bells (and other assorted tunes) – too loud, causing environmental noise pollution and hearing damage
- Christmas dinner – responsible for obesity epidemic, only healthy eating lunches allowed
- Christmas presents – in order to hit recycling targets no wrapping paper is to be used
- Three wise men – how wise are they, set up league tables for comparison
- Santa’s Outfit – not suitable for visually impaired/colour blind people
- Gifts for baby Jesus – select alternative gifts as current ones are choking hazards
- Sleigh delivery – restrictions placed by RSPCA on reindeer speed due to potholes caused by government cutbacks
- Dining table – workstation assessments required due to incompatible dining chairs/table combinations
And there could be many more!
The point is that it is possible to raise objections, cancel events or avoid taking actions altogether by hiding behind ‘the givens’. Normally these are rules and regulations but sometimes these are just personal or organisational barriers that can be demolished if we have the will to.
So let’s turn this on its head. If we can find lots of reasons not to do something as big and fun as Christmas, just think what we could all do next year if we demolished all of the silly barriers or objections that stand in the way (or which we put in the way).