Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

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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.

 

About 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 evidentiary issues, jury instructions, expert witnesses, and forensic evidence. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as 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. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2016 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with Wordpress protocol and the numerous other wee buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

  1. bornbyariver says:

    your resolve is mighty, your aims full of beauty, hope and love. pure inspiration.

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  3. bornbyariver says:

    and I hope you don’t mind that I was so inspired I linked your post from my own:
    http://bornbyariver.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/the-loosening-and-the-rebirth/

  4. I love it when people take the time to look up the origin of words. It unfolds so much about the concept and how we use language. Thank you for this dollop of wonder.

  5. Catherine says:

    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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