“Screw your courage to the sticking-place” #tagprompt

Readers may blame my *dear* sister for this topic, the first in a restart of last year’s tag-team series.

My inner sook thought “What would I do with a Shakespeare quote”.

This is of course, a line of Lady MacBeth’s (in the Tragedy of MacBeth, Act I, Scene 7), in which she urges action as a matter of resolve.  Never mind that its evil, or wrong, or unwise–its a matter of courage so grows some balls mate.

My poorly-developed inner artist wonders “how might I represent that visually?”.

But I cut that thought short.

hotskytrotsky titled two very interesting 8tracks playlists with the phrase (Volume I, Volume II)–apparently (the following links tumblr-typical being sparse on context) in association with a story or two involving princesses: Volume I for a wizard one princess taught to love again; and Volume II for eight castle-confined daughters who face struggles.
While we’re thinking laterally I think it might have been a bit of a stretch the way it was used in Digital Microscopy: Methods in Cell Biology as if courage is merely a call on time and effort.

My inner reference librarian thinks ‘context’ and ‘sources’.

As in, for this game (context), I need not look too far beyond Google and such easy to find if unscholarly resources like enotes, whose unattributed commentary settles on opinions as to its meaning from (sources) the OED (referring to “twisting of a tuning peg until it becomes set in its hole”) and The Riverside Shakespeare (sticking-place being “the mark to which a soldier screwed up the cord of a crossbow.”) But to the latter I believe more apropos might be Dictionary.com‘s second definition

the place in the lower part of an animal’s neck where the knife is thrust in slaughtering.”

This suggests that either the situation calls for both courage and focus (as in targetting), or that fine focus on one’s specific task (rather than the bigger/longer picture) may build or substitute for courage.

At this point the topic seems to call for an image, but the paths I followed were too gruesome / too pretty to attach to the topic. Do suggest something.

My inner scholar thinks “what is already out there”.

kathrynruthd posted that it is one of the Shakespeare quotes through which she sought inspiration. More interesting were her prior and following posts: 2013 job search (I wonder how that went); and the positive role of Twitter in her friendships, learning and life experiences.

My inner gamer thinks “that’s enough”

I could keep exploring this theme, but I want to go play Theme Hospital again.

So: Shakespeare’s (Lady MacBeth’s) context turns me off this line as inspiration to act.  I’ll not beat myself with the “courage” stick to get myself to act.

Focus, on the other hand, would be lovely–so how does a multipotentialite achieve that? Hm, not? Apparently, instead, according to Emilie Wapnick, our skills are idea synthesis, rapid learning and adaptability; and such skills are needed for the “complex multidimensional problems in the world right now” for which we need “creative, out-of-the-box thinkers”… we should “*embrace* our many passions,  follow our curiosity down those rabbit holes and explore our intersections”.

Over to you…

Next prompt = “Wait for it….”