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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crossing the Rubicon ! An Ancient Historical Milestone!

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The Rubicon is a shallow river in northeastern Italy about 80 kms. long running from the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic Sea through the southern Emilia-Romagna region. The Latin word “rubico” comes from the adjective "rubeus", meaning "red". The river was so named because its waters are colored red by and was strategic in the defense of Rome during the Civil War in 59 to 49 BC. .

The idiom "Crossing the Rubicon" simply means “to pass a point of no return”, an intricate decision usually reached in response to a difficult prevailing condition.

Originally, this refers to Julius Caesar's army's crossing of the river in 49 BC. That time, the decision of Caesar to cross the Rubicon was considered an act of insurrection. . The Rubicon river is also most known as the place where Julius Caesar uttered the famous phrase "Iacta alea est - The die is cast."

At least once in a lifetime, every person has to “cross the Rubicon”. While we make concrete plans in our lives, most often than not, we are confronted with circumstances beyond our control thereby creating a distortion in the process. For this reason, we are constrained to make a decision contrary to our own preference and inconsistent to the plan that we have formulated. We are all aware that a better decision is reached only after an exhaustive analyses taking into account both qualitative and quantitative factors present in a situation,

The main point is that we should take the action to “cross the Rubicon” if the situation so requires. It would take a strong grit and right mind to do this even so that the resolution is not a matter of choice but rather as the only open option to appropriately respond to the situation.

Have you ever decided to “cross the Rubicon”? If you have, then you will surely comprehend the  true intention of this article. If you haven’t until this point in time, you should brace yourself to confront a future situation that will require you to “cross the Rubicon”. It will be a tough one, though.  You bet!
Regards to all and GOD bless!      

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