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President Bush is in dire need of a thesaurus, for it seems that resolve is the only word in his vocabulary. The more I hear that word the more I cringe. I won’t even buy the household cleaner by this name because it reminds me of Bush and his many speeches regarding September 11, 2001. I prefer the synonyms: decisiveness, willpower, determination – all of which mean ‘an unwavering firmness of character, action, or will’.

This brings up the old sayings of ‘what you think about, you bring about’ and ‘mind over matter’. Everything we do in life must start with a decision. From that first decision we must have determination in order to make that decision work. Then we find that we must have the willpower to sustain that initial decision for it to be successful.

The most over-looked and simplest decision that we make is that of getting out of bed in the morning. It is our determination and our willpower that makes that decision successful. Without getting out of bed there are no other decisions that we feel we must make. This moves on in a cycle for most; get out of bed, take a shower, drink some coffee, eat some breakfast, get off to work. Once at work, we are bombarded with more decisions. By looking at all of the decisions that we make on a daily basis and realizing how simple each one of them actually are, it becomes easier to assess the other not-so-mundane decisions and make them happen as well.

Just because an out-of-the-blue decision comes across our minds does not mean that it cannot be made with the same determination and willpower that all of our routine decisions are. You are the same person no matter what happens to you in life. The only thing that holds us back or propels us forward is our choices. All it takes is to be decisive, determined, and possess the willpower to successfully begin any given situation.

Once that becomes engrained within our psyche, then we too can overuse Bush’s word by stating that we have the resolve to see something through.

(originally written October 2006)

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