Resolve, Re-Solve, & [Suh-loo-shuh n]’s

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My resolution over Christmas: to wear better shoes, which got me thinking…

Chaddy needs some new shoes.  This got me thinking, which is not uncommon for this time of the year.  How many times have you made resolutions for the New Year?  How did that go?  (Grumble, grumble.) Right?

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions (that is so 1999!) a long time ago.  In practice, though, every year I do a mental inventory of the past year and what’s to come.

But the last thing I need are more line items on my to do list.  Resolving comes with so much pressure –  consider the definition:

1.to come to a definite or earnest decision about;determine (to do something)

2.to separate into constituent or elementary parts;break up; cause or disintegrate (usually followed by into)

3.to reduce or convert by, or as by, breaking up ordisintegration (usually followed by to or into)

4.to convert or transform by any process (often used reflexively).

5.to reduce by mental analysis (often followed by into).

6.to settle, determine, or state in a formal vote orformal expression of opinion or intention, as of adeliberative assembly.

7.to deal with (a question, a matter of uncertainty,etc.) conclusively; settle; solve.

Holy cow, man!  I can only do so commit to so many “into’s”.  My chiropractor is not fond of being reflexive.  And let’s face it, not much is truly conclusive.  Instead, I “re-solve” – consider this definition:

1.to find the answer or explanation for; clear up;explain:

to solve the mystery of the missing books
2.to work out the answer or solution

Ahhhh.  That’s better.  Simplify. Deconstruct. Focus.  Habits, life’s important moments, decisions – they should all be part of a grand method to provide meaning and explanation to life’s big question.  That’s what it’s all about, right?

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Despite all that, I have resolved to spend more time seeking out the wonders of the world, this past year we took a long hike through Yosemite – those are great “to do’s”!
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