Nothing says “Harassment Factor” More than 2020.


To Wit:

  • A divided body politic.
  • COVID-19
  • The service sector of the global economy getting absolutely crushed.
  • Shortages of toilet paper. Despite no uptick in <ahem> “bathroom events.”
  • Leaders on both sides of the aisle putting party and self ahead of country.
  • Some of us conflating evolution with politics. The virus could not care in the slightest what any of us believe.
  • There’s no playbook, and yet too many of us are cranky about the improvisation and imperfect outcomes.
  • There’s no playbook, yet so many of us are trying our very best to keep our society going. Schools. Supply chains. Voting systems. Top line sales. Health care systems. Earnings. In so many cases, none of the available options are very good. We’re getting grief from people who aren’t adding any value to the solution. It’s all so much.
  • Too many of us aren’t self-aware enough to recognize our own exhaustion. Our own less-than-helpful lack of proactivity. Our lack of being mindful.
  • Compassion fatigue. There’s a limit to just how much compassion you can muster day after day after day after day. It’s all so much.

The Point?

When you say EAHFCCTMYDJATMU (pronounced “Yah Fished Muh Joht Moo”) you’re doing a couple of things:

  1. You’re acknowledging that it’s hard. That it’s absurd. That we’re all doing the best we can. And there’s not much we can do about it. You’re acknowledging reality and dealing with truth. This is a good thing. A great thing.
  2. And most importantly, you’re laughing at it. Nothing diffuses the bondage of worry quite like laughing in its face.

A certain Lieutenant served his time with the US Navy. Served proudly. And dealt with a shipload of Harassment Factor. And had a great life during and after the Navy.

EAFCCTMYDJATMU is part of life. You can do this.

How You Can Help

These things tend to be self-selective. Start using the expression with your friends and neighbors who have some self awareness and understand that proactivity is not really about planning ahead, it’s about being the master of your reactions to various stimuli (particularly the hassle laden ones).

Decline the invitation either to someone else’s drama or preference to make decisions based on dogma instead of evidence.

Above all, try to laugh at it. Particularly in 2020, a Sisyphean Rock of Absurdity if ever there was one.