Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

January 2013

Resolved: I will look up.

“Resolve” originates in the Latin resolvere: to “loosen, undo, settle, fasten”–a seemingly paradoxical combination of the intensive prefix re and solvere.  (The word “resolve” did not become commonly used as a noun signifying determination until at least a century later.)

Somewhat like the metaphorical thin spaces–which seem quite dense to me–I wonder how the same word can mean both becoming settled and becoming undone.

On the other hand, isn’t that also what the process of grief is?  I have become undone by it, but it also has settled into me, not necessarily always for the worse.   It has given me the resolve to do what I feel I must to honor Jim in this new life without him.


Author: Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She attended law school near the the banks of the Charles River and loves that dirty water; she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter and @schnitzelpond on Instagram. Bonus points for anyone who understands the Instagram handle. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2023 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with the wee Wordpress buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.

10 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved”

    1. I love your post–and am honored. It was your October post that inspired one of my favorite posts, yet another tendril of those unexpected consequences of our losses and reshaping.

      1. I just know it will help bring you good luck 🙂 Can you get my email from your top-secret “follower” info and possibly we can figure out a safe real-world address to send it when it’s done?

  1. Steph, Sarah and I just came home from walking the Resolution Run to Kick Cancer in Lexington. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and we walked holding hands the whole way. I could not help but think about my good fortune as we crossed the finish line, with my family waiting for us. But my good fortune is always inermingled with the sadness of Jim’s fate, and the fate of so many others who are still on the “journey”. He is ever present in our lives, and is still a positive influence on us all.

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