resolute

res·o·lute

firmly resolved  or determined; set in purpose or opinion, characterized by firmness and determination.

This is the plaque which is on the desk which resides in the Oval Office of the WhiteHouse.

Many presidents have used the Resolute desk in the Oval Office or the their study in the Residence. It was made from the timbers of HMS Resolute, an abandoned British ship discovered by an American vessel and returned to the Queen of England as a token of friendship and good will. When the ship was retired, Queen Victoria commissioned the desk from William Evenden, Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham, England, and presented to President Rutherford Hayes in 1880.

The desk has twice been modified. Franklin Roosevelt requested that the kneehole be fitted with a modesty panel carved with the presidential seal (he preferred people not see his leg braces and often placed a waste basket in front of his desks), but he did not live to see it installed. However, President Truman liked the eagle motif and had it installed when he came into office in 1945. Since this was prior to Truman’s decision to turn the head of the eagle in the presidential seal to face the olive branch of peace, the eagle in the Resolute‘s modesty panel faces the arrows of war.

Every president since Hayes—except Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford—has used theResolute desk, although some chose to use it in their private study in the Residence. The desk was made famous in part by a photograph of John Kennedy at work while his son, John Jr., peeked out the front through the knee hole panel.

Appropriately named, this desk has been the place of great resolve.  Our leaders have made decsions of resolute which have framed our country, our families and our values.

I have a resolute desk in my new office which has followed me for over 20 years.  While working from this desk, I have made decisions which have effected my marriage, family, business and friendships for over 20 years.

Below is my resolute desk.

In 2012 I resolve to focus on doing not trying.  I have tried to be a better husband.  I have tried to eat healthier.  I have tried to be a better steward in my business.  I have tried to be more connected to my children.  I have tried to be a good friend.  I have tried to follow the teachings of Jesus.

I want to be a doer!  I am tired of trying.  Today I am RESOLUTE.

res·o·lute

firmly resolved  or determined; set in purpose or opinion, characterized by firmness and determination

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