Is Resolution an Island or the Promised Land?


For all Australians everywhere, we take this (belated) opportunity to hope you had a Happy Australia Day (26 January), and congratulate all those who were awarded Australia Day Honours by the Australian Government.

Today’s Special Passion Quote

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th USA President.

So - Is Resolution an Island or the Promised Land?

For the British author C S Forester, Resolution was a fictitious island in the Galapagos, a setting for his 1929 novel "Brown on Resolution".

British Leading Seaman Albert Brown, captured in a previous battle, escapes from a German battle cruiser anchored and hiding from pursuing British warships in a cove of Resolution Island.

The crew of the German cruiser try desperately to effect urgent repairs so they can escape their pursuers, but Brown, with a stolen rifle and a high vantage point, delays the repairs and the ship until the British warships arrive. Brown dies but saves many lives through his actions.

It's a stirring story, filmed in the 1930s and 1950s and released under various titles; it reminds us that Resolution is more than an island and far more than a word.

During January, the word "Resolution" seems almost everywhere. It almost jumps out of newspapers and booms from radio and television shows. It's a hot topic for a while, until the media moves on and leaves us with the reality of any New Year Resolutions we may have made.

Making a New Year's Resolution is relatively easy, execution or implementation remains the hard part.

Leading Seaman Brown demonstrated qualities of resolution on Resolution, and showed how it takes effort and discipline to turn thoughts into reality. Brown died on Resolution Island; our resolutions will involve sacrifice but, unlike Brown, unlikely to be the ultimate one. Brown's efforts on Resolution made a difference.

Only our actions on our resolutions can make a difference to us and those with whom we interact.

Will your New Year's Resolution remain an island--isolated and surrounded by thought--or will your actions turn it into a pathway towards a promised land?

Quotes to Consider

"A New Year's Resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." Anon.

As the year slips by, will you wonder why you did not act?

"Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits." Anon.

What habits do you pursue, do you renew the old or embolden the new?

Charles Kovess

Australasia’s Passion Provocateur©













Charles Kovess CSP is a lawyer, successful businessman, professional speaker and passion provocateur.

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