I seem to recall, when I was growing up a New Year’s Resolution was a good thing. We hear the phrase so often around this time of year. We all know what it means. It’s almost as if they have a bad connotation now. The first thing that comes to mind is broken diets and promises to exercise that fizzle by Spring. When was the last time you actually thought about the root of that phrase’s last word? Instead of debating whether or not we should make New Year’s Resolutions . . . think for a minute about what it even means to be resolute.
The dictionary says resolute is an adjective that means “admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering, determined, and unwavering.” I’ve had to sit with this word recently, and really digest it. The truth is, the measure of how resolute something is comes when adversity opposes it. How could you be “unwavering” if there was no wind attempting to sway you? As I type this in my office, the winter wind is so swift outside my window that it is audible. It’s an ironic metaphor for the place I find myself in life. This year, the latter part in particular, has kicked my ass. I don’t curse often, but there are no two ways about it. I felt recently that more was falling apart then not, including myself. I realize, however, that those very real and challenging circumstances do not define or confine who I am. I am prosperous and thriving, even though my circumstances today say otherwise. Loudly.
This set of challenges will afford me, at least, some lesson that I must be in need of for work I have to do in the future. I believe that and I will hold tightly to it. I have resolved to be “admirably purposeful” & “determined” as the definition put it. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait for the start of the new year to love in that mindset. So if, like me, you find yourself limping out of 2018 . . . keep moving. Rest when you are safe. Build up your strength until you can stand. Ask for a shoulder to lean on when you need one. And when you find your footing, hold it. Be resolute. I believe in you.