Saturday, February 4, 2012

How's that "word of the year" working out for you?

So there was much talk around the blogs and Facebook this year about choosing a "word of the year"...I'd never heard that before and I was intrigued.  The word I chose was "resolve".  Like most good New Years decisions, I found myself floundering with my resolve just a couple weeks into the new year and then had a bit of an "aha!" moment when I remembered my word, and got to thinking that embracing my resolve might mean not giving it up when I start to flounder but to re-commit myself to my path instead.  I was out walking the dog one night, feeling all sorry for myself, when this revelation came to me ... it was so obvious and so basic that I wanted to slap myself in the head.  And just like that, I found myself leaving the past behind and deciding to keep moving forward, with the realization that I can't let others impact my forward movement.  I can't make that forward movement alone if others won't walk with me, and I can't use someone else's loitering on the path as an excuse to loiter there myself.  And on I go. 

This morning I was going to include with this the definition of my word - resolve.  Imagine my surprise when I found so many meanings!  See for yourself:


[ri-zolv] Show IPA verb, -solved, -solv·ing, noun
verb (used with object)
1. to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something): I have resolved that I shall live to the full.
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 or disintegration (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 formally in a vote or resolution, as of a deliberative assembly.
7. to deal with (a question, a matter of uncertainty, etc.) conclusively; settle; solve: to resolve the question before the board.
8. to clear away or dispel (doubts, fears, etc.); answer: to resolve any doubts we may have had.
9. Chemistry . to separate (a racemic mixture) into optically active components.
10. Music . to cause (a voice part or the harmony as a whole) to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.
11. Optics . to separate and make visible the individual parts of (an image); distinguish between.
12. Medicine/Medical . to cause (swellings, inflammation, etc.) to disappear without suppuration.
verb (used without object)
13. to come to a determination; make up one's mind; determine (often followed by on or upon ): to resolve on a plan of action.
14. to break up or disintegrate.
15. to be reduced or changed by breaking up or otherwise (usually followed by to or into ).
16. Music . to progress from a dissonance to a consonance
While I appreciate all the ways these various definitions of "resolve" fit into my plan, I actually am quite fond of #12/16 - "to progress from a dissonance to a consonance"  That's really the goal. 

1 comment:

  1. I love that! Dissonance to consonance! I totally just spaced out on music theory. My word of the year is definitely "courage". That is a post in itself.


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