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I realized that I never got around to writing my post for our last carnival, which was on the word ‘resolution’.
Conveniently, though, the two words, resolution and strategy make me think of the same thing – in other words, they go together hand in hand.
When I think of the word ‘resolution’, my first though is the declaration of independence, where a bunch of guys resolved to form a new nation.
This was not something they did lightly or without a lot of thought, soul searching and, most probably, prayer, but rather it was something that after much time, thought and discussion they firmly decided on.
It was a course of action, a path, that they carefully considered the ramifications and implications of and in the end resolved to go through with, no matter what the cost.
That decision in itself required strategy. They had resolved to do something but a strategy was needed to fulfill their resolution – and that strategy started with the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence.
I look at that, the monumental changes that they made and the weight and gravity of their decision and then I look at my own life and I realize that I rarely ‘resolve’ to do anything.
It is rare that I decide to follow a certain path, rather I give up trying NOT to follow that path.
If you could examine many of the major decision points in my life, the major turning points and directional markers, you would see that I didn’t make the choice to do what I did but rather I made the choice to give up not doing whatever that choice would have entailed.
The difference? Strategy.
A strategy would mean that I’m taking some control of my life and my direction. A strategy would mean that I have a purpose and am resolute in achieving that purpose.
I don’t really have any strategy. I don’t know which comes first, the chicken or the egg.
Do I not resolve to do things because I have no strategy for navigating through life or so I have no strategy because I rarely, if ever, fully resolve to do anything but instead I just let it happen to me?
These questions weigh heavily on my mind.
And I have no strategy for dealing with them… neither have I resolved to do so.
It’s kind of a vicious circle…