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Resolve? Or re-solve?

January 1, 2008

It’s the time of year again when many of us begin to make our New Year’s Resolutions. As I pondered whether or not I’d continue this tradition myself, I realized something. When you take the word resolve and notice how it breaks down into two syllables, you have another word: re·solve. That got me thinking . . .

How often do we try one more time to solve a problem? In other words, how many times do we try to “re-solve” a problem?

In my own experiences as a professor, wife and a mother, I know there have been times that I have been working on a solution, only to discover that I was missing a critical piece of information which was hampering my decision-making process. Why did this happen? Perhaps I didn’t listen closely enough at some point in the process.

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