On New Years Eve, we were with a group of friends playing the game, Apples to Apples. The game involves cards with a word, and below the word, there are examples of the word’s meaning. This game made me think about how many nuances a word can have in its meaning.

For instance, the word Resolution, by one of its definitions, means to decide to do, or not do something. This is the kind of resolution many of us are making now that it’s the beginning of a new year.

Resolution can also mean, the action of solving a problem—similar to the first meaning, yet a little different.  In Physics, resolution can mean the conversion of something abstract into another form. Yet another definition for resolution is, the degree of detail visible in a photographic or television image.

That last definition is the one I think of, because as a kid when the TV screen went wonky, it was always me who sat in front of it, turning the different knobs for color, contrast, or tint. The various knobs controlled the ultimate resolution of the picture we saw. How clear or steady it was.

In the end, it’s how I adjust my picture that will truly improve the show that is my life. True, first I need to say, “Hey… I want a clearer picture!” But before I can resolve my static, I have to figure out what knobs to adjust. So it’s ineffective to just focus on the end result I want to achieve. I need to figure out how to come to the solution. I need to adjust my set.

I think I’m going to fuss with the knob to adjust for more time writing and less time talking about it. The one for more time cleaning and less time complaining about my house being dirty. And especially, I want to adjust the knob for more time thinking about others instead of myself. Yes. That’s the one I need to fiddle with the most.

There is an awful lot of static out there in the world right now. I can’t fix all of that… but I can certainly adjust my own set.

12 thoughts on “Resolution

  1. Sue says:

    Love the analogies to TV and enjoyed the comments by others, especially Charissa! I can totally relate to hitting the side of the TV “back in the day.” I also think your graphic is priceless for this piece. (“Do Not Adjust Your Set.”) Although, adjusting is exactly what you are doing. The graphic suggests things are going to work out if patient.

    I can’t seem to find my knobs right now (as I picture my head and neck similar to Frankenstein’s bolts!) And I have too many channels to pick from. I will take Margie’s class starting Jan 11 through April. I am taking a Mexican cooking class in Lincoln the end of the month which goes from 9-noon, then I will head to the Haymarket for the NeWP’s writing marathon. I am in physical therapy right now for my back. So, I have all kinds of things going on, flipping from channel to channel. So, I may need to smack that old TV a few more times. Hopefully, I won’t end up with the repairman (or doctor, in my case.)

    Happy New Year!

    • says:

      I am SO jealous and wish I could take those classes with you!!! I love that you get out there and try out the things you’re interested in. Way to go, Sue.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful and thoughtful comments, Gina! I like the analogy of adjusting our “own set.” That’s the work we get to do. Best of the New Year to you.

  3. When I was a kid and the TV went wonky, we’d bang on its side until the picture went right again. Still to this day, I want to hit my TV if anything goes wrong, even though my husband has explained that modern TVs don’t have tubes in them anymore that might accidentally get fixed by a good banging. What does that say for my life, Gina? You carefully turn knobs while I let out a watered down curse word and hit at what’s bugging me. Hee hee. Maybe I should follow your example instead of my old archaic ways.

  4. “In the end, it’s how I adjust my picture that will truly improve the show that is my life.”—Well said and very true. I don’t really do resolutions, but I consider each New Year a chance to ‘adjust my picture.’

    You’re right–so much static in the world now that it makes my head spin. One of the ways to lessen it would be to step away from social media (how quiet our world would become!), but as authors we can’t do that, nor do most of us really want to. The connections we make are a gift. But it’s all the other noise that can wear us down.

    Happy New Year to you, Gina! Our family played Apples to Apples too. It’s a nice game where you don’t have to move around or think too much. 🙂

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