Resolute, not Resigned

Resolute, not Resigned

“History furnishes thousands of examples of men who have seized occasions to accomplish results deemed impossible by those less resolute.” ~Orison Swett Marden

All therapists—or healthy ones—have their own therapists, and coaches have coaches.

I was talking to mine this week and in attempting to describe my feelings regarding our new pandemic driven self-isolating reality, the word ‘resolute’ fell from my lips.

I’m not even sure where that word was filed in my brain; I don’t remember using it before.

Resolved, yes, resolution, sure, and resigned and resignation. But resolute? Where’d that come from?

So, I looked it up. “Resolute, adjective: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.”

I was surprised to see the word “admirably” attached to the definition. An interesting distinction.

It caused me to think a bit more on the difference between the words “resolute” and “resigned” as well as their offshoots, resolution and resignation.

To feel resolute, in my mind at least, evokes a more proactive attitude than to be resigned to something, as though you’re powerless in the situation, a pawn without choices.

I do not feel powerless, despite being house bound. Choices abound for me to stay actively resolute, not passively resigned.

I don’t know yet if I’ll stay “purposeful, determined, and unwavering,” or if there will be anything remotely admirable about my efforts.

But, at the moment, I’m going to give it my best shot.

“No man fails who does his best.” ~Orison Swett Marden

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