Can responsible leadership or personal decision making involve doing nothing? That could be regarded as paralysis by some from the immunity afforded by their armchairs. But, in abstract, it really is an acknowledgement of the reality and yes, the primacy of change. That nothing stays the same. Imagine yourself confronted by an ever changing mosaic, within which events happen at light speed and for their own reasons, continuously and sometimes destructively effecting the whole. Aggressive responsive behavior can influence but seldom control completely. A lot slips out from between the cracks, whatever the reaction. One might legitimately think that the natural state of things is chaos, not order. That we impose order when we begin to know what was previously unknown. But that imposition is not control Far from it. We live within our own bubbles of reality, often in conflict, sometimes in accord but always connected and subject to events and circumstances quite beyond our capacities to influence. This post is not to advocate one thing over another within a shallow but persistent reality governed by events and options. It is to acknowledge that matter is transformed energy, nothingness does not exist, chaos and its servants, "time and change" render almost any decisive action subject. And in the end one decisive action may be objectively equal to doing nothing at all. So, when evaluating performance on any level it is good to remember that on one level, to do no harm may bring disaster on another. This is not to impugn or question action. Action comes with hands to do, feet to walk and minds to think. It is, rather, to remember that in the end, everything is much like everything else, like everyone else, "captured" and imprisoned within walls of time and space. There are times in which it is good to remind ourselves of what we are. And where. This is my annual screed presented as a self indulgence because I can. And because it may engender humility as we collectively if not always consciously face the unknowable.