Re-Solutions

Today’s prompt was to write about resolutions. This one got a little prosey, but I’m happy with it.

A resolution presupposes
the failure of a first solution.
We re-solve to solve it all again,
but to get it right this time,
with a little hope and grit.

Every year, we come down
off the Christmas high,
vowing to do better,
to try harder,
to get a little closer to the mark.

And the cynicism flies–
What makes you think you’ll
do any better on a second chance?
But we do try. We re-view
the situation, recalibrate,
reassess, and re-solve
there problem, to edge ourselves
a little closer to success.

And often, the re-solution
turns out better than you imagine
the first solution could have been.

Don’t beat yourself up
for making hopeful resolutions.
Re-solve.
Re-solve.
Re-solve.


Gratitude: There is beauty to be found, even in a rainy November day.


“Never laugh at live dragons.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” —Aristotle

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“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” —Mark Twain

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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” —Anais Nin

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“Changing the big picture takes time.. and the best thing to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives if we’re doing all that. That becomes the collage of real change.” —Michelle Obama

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“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” —Amelia Earhart

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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —Lucille Ball

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“Learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally.” —Hillary Clinton

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“Like a great starving beast, my body is quivering, fixed on the scent of light.” —Hafiz

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“Identity is a story carried in the body.” —Sophia Samatar

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