up•shot: “The final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events.” – The Oxford English Dictionary
What’s your upshot? If you don’t know the answer to this question, a day is coming when you will want to. For some it comes earlier in life. For others, much later. Sometimes a difficult life-event forces this question upon us when we are least ready. Most of us will procrastinate on facing this question and seeking an answer for as long as possible … because the answer is not easy to find or because we are afraid of what we may see when we look in the mirror.
What is an upshot anyway? We are glad you asked. Let’s start with the official definition and take it from there. The Oxford English Dictionary defines upshot as “the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events.” Huh? Let’s try this … you can shorten this definition to a single word such as outcome, result, aftereffect.
Now, consider the opening question again: What’s your upshot? You see, our lives can easily become nothing more than a series of actions or events and when yours all come to a stop, what will be your life’s outcome, result, or aftereffect? What will you have accomplished? How will others remember you? How do you want to be remembered?
Other words are frequently used to covey this idea … words such as purpose, mission, or legacy. Call it what you want, but the truth remains … this question will find you at some point on your journey. And that means you’ll have to answer it. Are you ready?
Welcome to Upshot … our brand new blog. This is the very first post and represents the latest of our ongoing efforts to regularly connect and engage with our communities on the issues that matter most to them. Questions like “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” seem pretty significant to us. We will discuss issues like these and others that you tell us are most important to you.
We promise to keep these posts brief. No one wants or has the time to read rambling dissertations that never get to the point. We know we don’t. We also promise to listen to you. We appreciate your feedback and ideas for future posts. And lastly we promise to not make this about us … because it’s not … it’s about you! We will share information from topic experts as well as almost anyone in our community that wants to share valuable information and life-experiences that add to our conversations. That can even mean you.
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We look forward to our coming conversations such as tackling answers to that vexing question, “What’s your upshot?” Discovering your answer to this question just may be the most liberating thing you have ever done.
Bob and Susan Karcher
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