New Year's resolution.
I pledge greater patience. No, no, that's wrong, that implies there is any patience to be had. I pledge less impatience. That's better, that's more honest. Go with that.
I pledge that I will wait one second for anything I want. I pledge one second can be one hour, can be one day, can be one year. I pledge the next time my camera says "Beep-beep, lens cap will not open, restart," I will not hop on the internet. Nor will I believe the first post that says slam the camera against the table. I pledge that if I do that stupid step, I will not repeat it. Repeat it many times. I pledge not to feel further frustration and then slam it on the floor.
I pledge I will not take the continued "beep-beep" personally. I will not get nail scissors to pry the lens up. I pledge that I will not regret the fact that the plastic protective cap and -- other springs and stuff-- has now dislodged, and I know not what they are.
I pledge I will not resent the "beep-beep" message that the lens cap will not open and I must restart, when I know it will never open and will never restart.
I pledge I will not hate that the beep-beep is the only living thing left in this camera. I pledge I will not fling this object into the bushes and watch my lab retrieve it. I pledge I will not pull my hair as it beep-beeps in his mouth.
Apparently, in 2009, I pledge to be someone else entirely.