Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Calloused Soul

I am not a person who makes New Year's Resolutions.  Countless people do and, if statistics are to be believed, upwards of 92% of them fall short of attaining the goals they have resolved to meet.  If I wanted to experience failure at a 92% rate, I would wrestle the WABAC Machine away from Sherman and Mr. Peabody and return to Mrs. Katrausky's Pre-Calculus class.

I cannot pretend to be close to smart enough to know why it is such a high percentage of those who make New Year's Resolutions fail - to some degree at least - to keep them.  I suspect - with zero investigation having been done on my part to prove or disprove this hypothesis (Schneedz, where are you when I need you?) that a significant percentage of people "fail" because we have resolved to do something that is beyond our ability to achieve and it is beyond our ability to achieve because we are not willing to invest the sweat equity necessary to attempt to achieve it.  

The great Thomas Edison (Jersey guy by the way) once observed that, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed overalls and looks like work."    We, the people of these United States, have come to expect instant everything, from our food to our information.  We have little interest in those things that require a substantial investment of time and effort.  It is - I fear - why this nation whose people have historically built great things, today manufactures next to nothing.  We celebrate those whose collars are white and those whose skill set is the designing of "Apps" and the building of "systems" while looking askance at those whose collars are blue and whose skill set is the design and manufacture of real things, such as buildings, goods and our infrastructure.  

A lifetime ago, a mournful country song warned mothers everywhere not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys.  Midway through the second decade of the 21st Century, it appears as if the admonition has turned to not allowing them to grow up to be "calloused" as if calloused hands are the mark of the Devil or some such nonsense.  

How can those who lack resolve attain those things that they resolve to do?  It turns out that they cannot - approximately 92% of the time anyway.  


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