New Year’s is a time for lists: Best of, Worst of, Top 10’s, What’s In, What’s Out, What’s Hip, What’s Not, Resolutions, Remembrances, Things to Do.
It’s been a wild year. And in the next four weeks, after carpeting and painting are completed, we’ll be moving for the second time in six months. I confess that this has somewhat dampened my enthusiasm for energetically pledging myself to a year of self-improvement. So, here’s a list I’m borrowing from Cold War Era CIA operatives called The Moscow Rules. It’s not a definitive list (if anyone ever wrote this down it must have self-destructed), but it’s enough. Here’s to 2007.
The Moscow Rules
- Assume nothing.
- Never go against your gut.
- Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
- Don’t look back; you are never completely alone.
- Go with the flow. Blend in.
- Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
- Lull them into a sense of complacency.
- Don’t harass the opposition.
- Pick the time and place for action.
- Keep your options open.