New Year is here and my friend Lundroo, a very munificent and benevolent human being, made some tough resolutions on January 1: “I’ll drastically cut down my weekly peg count to 40 and will smoke only five packets of cigarettes every day. No more hashish and fewer doses of opium. Late night parties only till 4 am and visit to my favourite temple in Kamathipura just thrice a week…”

You may smirk, but please don’t be judgmental: Lundroo is a virtuous man with some ordinary vices. It’s different that Lundroo has broken half the resolutions already and I’m confident he’ll soon smash the remaining. “What else do you do with these humbug resolutions?” Lundroo told me once before gulping pegs of rum and quickly getting into a taxi to Kamathipura.

We know many people who fail to do what they plan. It’s not just about the New Year resolutions but also about their day-to-day decisions, which don’t materialise for lack of persistence. If combined with indiscipline, people like Lundroo can’t carry out any changes in their lifestyle despite feeling a dire need for it.

Persistence, graphology says, is shown in handwriting by a tendency to make optional strokes
(i-dots and t-bars) without lifting the pen. In pic A, the writer has crossed his ‘t’ that way. In his bestseller Success Secrets of The Rich & Happy, US-based graphologist Bart Baggett has listed this stroke as one of the secrets of famous people.

Persistence strokes, seen in lower case t’s and f’s (pic B), enables a person to face setbacks and overcome odds without coming across as obstinate. Bart says if people include such strokes in their handwriting, they can benefit in executing their plans. Students too can practise these strokes to enhance their persistence in order to finish their tasks and assignments.

But here’s a warning: too many persistence strokes can backfire and they’ll transform you into a stubborn person. Metaphorically speaking, with a great many persistence strokes, you won’t use the door to exit from a room: you’d rather break a portion of the wall to go out. So keep it moderate.

Sorry, we left Lundroo midway. He’s improving upon his past performance in waywardness. Let’s all of us wish him a Happy New Year and say all the best!
This week I’m analysing the handwriting of Rashmi Shetty, an HR executive. Feeling thoroughly detached from her parents, the 23-year-old Mirror reader feels she is the cause of all the problems she faces. Her handwriting (pic C) says she is proud of the way she looks and she feels unloved. Because of her lack of respect for herself (she finds too many faults with herself), Rashmi acutely dislikes herself. Even if she is trounced by people, she hardly protests and chooses to swallow the insult with a vow that she’ll be sweeter the next time so as not to anger or upset others.
Rashmi, make your signature double its current size and add your second name in it. For 30 days, write “I will take what is right” for 15 minutes every day on ruled paper with a ruler-drawn margin of one inch. While practising it, pay attention to your personal pronoun ‘I’, t-bars and the lower loop in g’s (pic D). Take care.


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