Crossing the Rubicon – when vague wish becomes determined intent
Posted November 18, 2009on:
Some days we wake up determined
Today, I woke up with things to do – all the things that somehow never made it on to today’s to do list. Do you ever have one of those days?
Crossing the Rubicon
In psychology, we call it “crossing the Rubicon”. The Rubicon is a river in north Italy. Ceasar sat the wrong side of it with his troops and knew that the day he crossed over, he would be declaring war on Rome and that there would be no going back.
Rubicons in our lives
We have many Rubicons in our lives. Going to university, getting married, buying a house. We have many “once only actions” through which we are changed forever.
The public and the personal
Some of these are obvious and we often mark them with a public celebration. Some are personal. We know that we personally have crossed a Rubicon.
And some are just everyday ~ we go from wish to intent and get on with action.
Crossing the Rubicon is not all good
We can be a little bit of a menace in the “crossing the Rubicon” mood ~ because we are so determined to get something done. We might also be short-tempered and impatient with others.
But get things done, we do!
Crossing the Rubicon – that moment when vague wish becomes determined intent.