The worst of bad years has finally ended. A hopeful New Year has begun. It’s time to make a New Year’s resolution. But hold on, wait a minute — resolve means very different things!
In one sense, resolve is to fashion a solution. I may resolve a conflict or a problem by settling differences; or resolve a mystery by explaining how something happened. Resolutions of that sort are answers and remedies. They can help the troubled and distracted get back to normal.
That’s typically not what New Year’s resolutions are for.
In a different sense, resolve is to make a decision. When feeling disquiet, uncertainty, challenge, yearning, I may resolve to make a change, or make a difference, or make something new. When I do that, I’m bravely striving to go beyond, not back to normal.
Going beyond is what New Year’s resolutions are for. They’re wholesome, even heroic gestures of self-determination. We pooh-pooh them because they’re hardly ever kept, and that’s sad, but also beside the point. Keeping a resolution is the end of trying. Making resolutions is the beginning.
Resolve is the beginning of a change process. How often do complicated new processes work as planned? Not often. How often do they generate unplanned results? Quite often. Even when change processes collapse, they may illuminate defects and limitations that were easy, even convenient to ignore.
Resolve in the sense of decision-making is a driver of constructive health competence promoted by Humaginarium. Constructive health competence is Humaginarium lingo for patient empowerment — though I don’t much like the word “patient.” It sounds so wounded and dependent and vulnerable. I prefer consumers or customers or just plain folks, because those words are full of agency, implying at least the potential for self-determination.
Resolution is cardinal to constructive health competence because people who use our video games come to understand and take better care of their own one-and-only (i.e. their body). They become excellent stewards of the self. They really want to live better and they’re ready to do something about it. That’s a big change!
I insist that foolish, ignorant, fearful, timid, anxious, feckless, angry and deluded people can’t be good stewards of anything, much less their health. So our program replaces those self-limiting conditions with resolve. Resolve to do whatever it takes to win in the imagination, and in life.
Our customers will learn how to make good resolutions on New Year’s and every other day too. Let us all do the same.
The principals of Humaginarium made several fine resolutions on January 1, 2021. Will we keep all of them? Any of them? None of them? I don’t know, and nobody else does either.
I don’t know how my story ends, only that it begins and begins again, and again and again, because it is well worth trying, and I would be absurd not to try.
As we proudly, nay bravely stand on the threshold of 2021, that’s what most matters to me.